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Russian, German, Tlingit. Like the languages he
translates, Richard Dauenhauer’s poetry offers
unexpected surprises. A prolific translator who also
works in Finnish, Swedish, and classical Greek, he has
a poetic command of language that has earned him
wide recognition over fifty years of published work.
Benchmarks spans these decades of writing, and each
poem contained within marks a certain place in time
and space, like a surveyor’s benchmark. The poems play
with language while often focusing on the land and
people of Alaska. And like Alaska itself, this book offers
a variety of delights—readers will find a new experience
with each turn.
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