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The Avant-Garde Never Dies and Doesn't Surrender  by Nina Cassian


The late poet Nina Cassian was very familiar with the avant-garde’s joyful flights and chivalrous desperation.  Funny and challenging, imaginative and unique in style, in the book of her most famous avant-garde poems from over six decades and her accompanying witty drawings, Nina invents a new language of force and grace.

Nina Cassian was a prominent writer and translator in Romania before she was forced to seek asylum in 1985 in America. Ms. Cassian has since become well known in the West. Her poems — some translated to English; other, more recent ones composed in English — have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and elsewhere.  Her English-language collections include “Life Sentence: Selected Poems” (1990), “Take My Word for It” (1998) and “Continuum” (2008).

Intense, passionate and clear-eyed, Ms. Cassian’s poetry often centered on the nature of erotic love and — both before her exile and after — of loss, death and decay.