Lyric Thinking: Poetry in the World, the 2022-23 Bass Library Model Research Collection, features more than 1,000 volumes from Yale Library collections. Curated by Ayesha Ramachandran, chair of the Program in Early Modern Studies and associate professor of Comparative Literature, the collection explores lyric poems across diverse languages, communities, and spaces throughout the historical record.
The Threshold is a collection of poems by Iman Mersal, the Arab world’s great outsider poet. Robyn Creswell’s English versions of her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Review of Books, The Yale Review, and The New Republic. An early review calls The Threshold “a ravishing new collection” that “obliterates the boundaries between imagination and argument, fiction and nonfiction.”
Robyn Creswell, who teaches an undergraduate course on The Thousand and One Nights, has published a review of a new translation of the Arabic (and French) story collection in the November 3, 2002 issue of The New York Review of Books. He calls Yasmine Seale’s version of the tales “the best, to my mind, in English.”