Poems of Love and Madness / Poemas de Amor y Locura

By , April 27, 2013
Book cover of Poems of Love and Madness

Cover of Poems of Love and Madness / Poemas de Amor y Locura

Translations from the Spanish by Carlos Reyes

$19.95 paperback (978-0-89924-129-6)
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Published: January, 2013
150 Pages, 6 x 8.5 in.
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This stunning bi-lingual collection contains poems of passion, longing, and wonder by some of the greatest poets ever to write in the Spanish language, including Pablo Neruda, Josefina de la Torre, Gaston Baquero, Luis Cernuda, Jorge Carrera Andrade, Mario Benedetti, Angela Figura Ayamerich, Jose Maria Zonta and many others. The poems bristle with images of extraordinary power and invention, captured perfectly with the lush darkness and verbal acceleration at the center of the Spanish literary tradition.

from Ode to the Piano

At the concert
the piano was sad,
ignored its gravedigger’s black frock
and later opened its mouth,
its whale mouth,
the pianist entered the piano
like a crow flying,
something happened
as though a silver stone splashed
or a hand appeared from
a hidden pond:
a sweetness slid down
like rain
on a bell…

– Pablo Neruda

Carlos Reyes did his doctoral work in Romance Languages at the University of Arizona and has taught at the University of Maine, and at Portland State University. He has published seven collections of poems, and six collections of translation from the Spanish, including the four volume complete works of Jorge Carrera Andrade, and Poemas de la Isla, the appearance of which occasioned the virtual rediscovery of the great poet Josefina de la Torre, at the time the last surviving member of Spain’s famed “Generation of Twenty-Seven.” He lives in Portland, Oregon, but travels frequently to Ireland, Ecuador, Spain, and Spain.

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