The Romantic Dogs
Publication Date: November 2008
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring 2009 Poetry List
“Bolaño's star is so ascendant right now that there is no need for me to point out anything but his name on the cover. Let me simply say that Bolao was a poet before he was ever a novelist, and it shows here. The work is insouciant, literary, historically nihilistic. It's been one of my favorite books of the past year.”
-- Dustin Kurtz, McNally Jackson Books, New York, NY
Roberto Bolano (1953-2003) has caught on like a house on fire, and The Romantic Dogs, a bilingual collection of forty-four poems, offers American readers their first chance to encounter this literary phenomenon as a poet: his own first and strongest literary persona. These poems, wide-ranging in forms and length, have appeared in magazines such as Harper's, Threepenny Review, The Believer, Boston Review, Soft Targets, Tin House, The Nation, Circumference, A Public Space, and Conduit. Bolano's poetic voice is like no other's: "At that time, I'd reached the age of twenty/and I was crazy. /I'd lost a country/but won a dream./Long as I had that dream/nothing else mattered...."