About Stephen Kessler
Stephen Kessler is a poet, translator, essayist and editor whose writings have appeared in books, anthologies, magazines and newspapers across the United States since the late 1960s. Born in Los Angeles in 1947, he has degrees in literature from Bard College and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of eight books and chapbooks of original poetry and more than a dozen books of poetry and fiction in translation, including Written in Water: The Prose Poems of Luis Cernuda, which received a 2004 Lambda Literary Award. He was a founding editor and publisher of Alcatraz, an international journal, and The Sun, a Santa Cruz weekly, among other periodicals and independent publishing ventures. He is a contributing editor of Poetry Flash and the editor of The Redwood Coast Review. For more about Stephen Kessler visit www.stephenkessler.com.
By Stephen Kessler
1st ed.; (November, 2008)
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About Moving Targets
Essayist for more than thirty years in Northern California's liveliest periodicals, Stephen Kessler here presents a selection of his deeply informed and informative writings on poets, poetry, and translation. Rooted in the literary culture of the west coast (Kenneth Rexroth, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Bukowski) and radiating outward across the United States (Denise Levertov, W. S. Merwin, Frank O'Hara) to Latin America and beyond (Ernesto Cardenal, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Yehuda Amichai), Kessler's articulately accessible vision in Moving Targets speaks to both the knowledgeable and the newcomer. His concluding essays on the art of translation, "antiwarism," radio as a poetic medium, and inspiration also offer provocative insights into the process of writing, reading, and appreciating poetry.