New Directions 28

Fiction

Since 1936, the New Directions in Prose and Poetry anthologies have served as vehicles for the presentation of new and variant trends in world literature. The twenty-eighth number in the series, which draws on authors from five different countries, places a special emphasis on prose––narrative, dramatic, and impressionistic; a relatively small but choice selection of poetry is included as well. Walter Abish’s entertaining fiction “Minds Meet” leads off the collection. Following it are: “Kayanerenhkowa,” an excerpt from the Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal’s celebrated Homage to the American Indians: a brooding autobiographical novella, “Cog-wheels,” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, the pioneer of modern Japanese literature who wrote “Rashomon”; new work by the Objectivist poet Carl Rakosi; “Brain Cell 9,999,999,999,” a short story by Paul West; three poems by Roberto Sanesi (Italy); James Purdy’s arresting one-act play, “Wedding Finger”; groups of prose sketches by Frederick Morgan and Faye Sobkowsky; “Tendril in the Mesh,” a love poem by William Everson (Brother Antoninus); a short story, “Growth,” by Frederick Busch; Jerome Rothenberg’s “A Book of Histories,” a section of his work-in-progress, Poland; a short fiction by Coleman Dowell; and a selection of verse by Angel González (Spain).

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Paperback (published April 1, 1974)

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9780811205266

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9780811205252
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