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Poems in Spanish

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At once rhythmically charged and stilled by the silences, Paul Hoover's Poems in Spanish takes the English language into fraternity with the haunting lyricism of Spanish, and in this way pays tribute to the great poets writing in the Ibero Hispanic tradition of the 20th century-among them Pessoa, Lorca, Vallejo, Andrade, Neruda, Sabines. Poems in Spanish is a collection written in English, but it is an English that surprises with its sharply etched and yet resonant cadences. Hoover's achievement reminds us that ...
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At once rhythmically charged and stilled by the silences, Paul Hoover's Poems in Spanish takes the English language into fraternity with the haunting lyricism of Spanish, and in this way pays tribute to the great poets writing in the Ibero Hispanic tradition of the 20th century-among them Pessoa, Lorca, Vallejo, Andrade, Neruda, Sabines. Poems in Spanish is a collection written in English, but it is an English that surprises with its sharply etched and yet resonant cadences. Hoover's achievement reminds us that we often must hear our own voice translated through other mediums before we can receive it most accurately, and before we can recognize most truthfully its sounding of our own deepest sensibilities. Hoover's poems include as their subjects the ethics of interpersonal relations, the social identity's conflicted relationship to self discovery, and the family bounds which function as a frame that both supports and limits our potential. Yet, just as we have come to see in Hoover's previous collections, this poet is equally interested in using subject matter's representation of event to examine what is occluded by the event of representation. These poems demonstrate how a reader can find in poetry a source of pleasure-for the ear, the heart, and imagination.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781890650254
  • Publisher: Omnidawn Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL HOOVER is the editor of the influential anthology Postmodern American Poetry, co-editor of the literary magazine New American Writing, and author of nine previous poetry collections. He is Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. His prizes include the Jerome J. Shestack Award from American Poetry Review, an NEA Fellowship in poetry, and the GE Foundation Award for Younger Writers.
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Table of Contents

Poem in Spanish 15
Corazon 16
The world as found 17
Driver's song 19
The mill 20
The stone 21
The road 23
The presence 25
I take away my head 28
Childhood and its double 29
Intention and its thing 30
Mi hijo 31
Don't kill yourself 34
Lisbon story 36
Circumference 38
Apology for the finding 40
Buenos Aires 43
Suite for toy piano 46
Monster 49
Nature in black and white 53
Notes at ground level 55
But Kenneth 59
First on the run : then of an evening 61
Poetics 63
Reality and its antecedents : fifty statements on life and art 67
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