"The Romantic Dogs, a bilingual collection of forty-four poems, offers American readers their first chance to encounter phenomenon Roberto Bolano as a poet: his own first and strongest literary persona. (When asked, "What makes you believe you're a better poet than a novelist?" Bolano replied: "The poetry makes me blush less.") These poems - intimate, moving, and witty, wide-ranging in form and length - have appeared in magazines such as Harper's, The Nation, The Threepenny Review, The Believer, Boston Review, Poetry, Soft Targets, Tin House, Circumference, and A Public Space."--BOOK JACKET.
There's no sign here of the maturity and moral nuance seen in the author's best novels, and there's absolutely nothing to admire technically.