Leslie Monsour

Works

Oscura Fruta: Cuarenta y dos poemas. Richard Wilbur. Dark Berries: Forty-two Poems
Bilingual edition of Richard Wilbur's poems, translated by Rhina Espaillat. Introduction by Leslie Monsour.

Rhina Espaillat. A Critical Introduction
From the series: Story Line Press Critical Monographs

LESLIE MONSOUR'S LANDSCAPE: Transcending the Constraints of Time
A thoughtful analysis by Jessica Su, exploring aspects of time and place in Leslie Monsour's poems



Winner of the 2010 Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition

The House Sitter
Leslie Monsour’s The House Sitter offers a compassionate, clarifying vision of a fallen Golden State. Whether human or animal, its denizens wrestle with survival, hope, and beauty amid the lush decadence of a natural world that is changed but never tamed: transplanted nasturtiums bloom and die in traffic, the swallows of Capistrano abandon their migratory routes, and tarantulas, scooped from a swimming pool, revive and “scatter like anarchic marionettes.” Monsour’s characters come alive in language we might expect from Elizabeth Bishop had she settled in California instead of Brazil. Whether observing the young soldier at the airport— “part boy, part man, and part machine of battle”—or recollecting her own parents in their evening martini ritual— “Lamplight caressed/their faces as if nothing could go wrong”—Monsour captures time, place, and person with an ease and concision that are, quite simply, unforgettable. --Ned Balbo, competition judge.

The Alarming Beauty of the Sky

Red Hen Press, 2005

“The astonishingly high level of performance throughout this collection of poems would take almost any reader by surprise. Scattered among them are individual poems of such perfected skill, such vivacity, wit and intelligence--exhibiting Dickinson’s cunning, Bishop’s carefulness--that a reader is filled brim-full of gratitude.”
–Anthony Hecht

Essays and Interviews
A few samplings from essays and interviews have been excerpted from various sources, including anthologies and journals.

Selected Works

Critical Analysis & Biography
Bilingual edition of Richard Wilbur's poems, translated into Spanish by Rhina Espaillat. Introduction by Leslie Monsour.
Literary Criticism
This monograph contains critical and biographical essays as well as an interview with the writer/translator, Rhina Espaillat. "Fascinating. Not possible to put it down once you start reading." --Lewis Turco.
Academic paper
A thoughtful analysis by Jessica Su, exploring aspects of place and time in Leslie Monsour's poems.
Poetry
Winner of the 2010 Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition. "Monsour captures time, place, and person with an ease and concision that are, quite simply, unforgettable." --Ned Balbo, Competition Judge
“These are some of the finest poems in contemporary literature.”
–Timothy Steele
Prose
A Selection of Excerpts

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