By Jonathan Galassi
(Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780307957085, 111pp.)

Publication Date: March 20, 2012

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An emotionally riveting collection that tells a powerful story of passion, loss, and transformation.
Left-handed unfolds in the manner of an intense, searching novella. At its center is a one-way dialogue with an elusive character who beguiles and torments but also inspires the unnamed narrator, who at midlife is telling the tale.
These poems—decisive, wrenching, exquisite—show an overpowering force, at once disruptive and creative, invading a settled existence. They take us from the streets of New York City to a house in the country, from the island of Naxos to the Roman Forum. They reach back to the sonnets of Shakespeare but find inspiration, too, in contemporary life. Naked and raw, lyrical yet formally inventive, rich with the melancholy wisdom of age, this is a work of resonant and shimmering beauty.

About the Author
JONATHAN GALASSI is the President and Publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is also a translator of poetry and a poet himself. Galassi has translated and published the poetic works of the Italian poets Giacomo Leopardi and Eugenio Montale, and has published two volumes of his own poetry, Morning Run (1998) and North Street (2000). His honors as a poet include a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was Poetry Editor for The Paris Review for ten years, and is an honorary chairman of the Academy of American Poets.
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