The Romantic Dogs
by Rioberto Bolano
Bolano is the genius writer behind 2666, one of my favorite books of all time. He passed away a decade ago, but his enduring legacy rightfully began to surface in the years that followed, international editions of his complete works, including his poetry, which this volume represents. I love poetry but don't often read it, because finding the poets who write vital poetry and not just everything you think about poetry is exceedingly hard. Bolano not only knew how to write novels, but as it turns out poems as well, which is appropriate, because apparently he thought of himself first as a poet.