Offers a collection of poems that explore urban life, travel, and the depths of the human experience.
Since his poetry began appearing in the New Yorker when he was in his early twenties, Nicholas Christopher has been praised as one of America's most important poets by such literary talents as John Ashbery, Charles Simic, James Merrill, and Anthony Hecht, among others. Crossing the Equator collects Christopher's best work from the past three decades and includes a section of new poems that are among his finest. Exploring with equal brilliance the labyrinths of history and the human heart, the jagged magic of urban life and the illuminations of travel, the luminous and transformative voice of Crossing the Equator puts on display Christopher's dazzling power and myriad depths. Cold missiles and a rainof embers accompany the menwho slide like shadows into the cityfaces mud-smearedstones for teeth no eyeswho slit the throats of everyonethey encounter until breaking downmy door they drag me into the darknessthat floods the corridorand lock me in an icy chamber-from "The Last Hours of Laódikê, Sister of Hektor"