Sublime Blue: Selected Early Odes by Pablo Neruda

Sublime Blue: Selected Early Odes by Pablo Neruda

by Pablo Neruda
     
 

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Neruda once suggested that his words be poured, like wine, "into the glasses of other languages." Here is just such a communion. Noted American poet William Pitt Root brings us poems from the first of Neruda's three collections of odes, Odas elementales (1954). In his introduction, Root praises Neruda's form, with its phrases that "fall like thin wrists of water

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Neruda once suggested that his words be poured, like wine, "into the glasses of other languages." Here is just such a communion. Noted American poet William Pitt Root brings us poems from the first of Neruda's three collections of odes, Odas elementales (1954). In his introduction, Root praises Neruda's form, with its phrases that "fall like thin wrists of water cascading from great heights, exploding at intervals against ledges and obstacles protruding from a sheer cliff-face. Fluent, sinuous, riddled with delightful surprise, the offhand form is also suited to the tone of seemingly casual surmise that can so suddenly pool in a conclusion of great clarity and depth." Here are poems addressed to hope and gloom, to numbers and to the atom, to blue flowers and artichokes. This is Neruda at his finest.

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"In addition to vibrant translations of Neruda’s early odes, William Pitt Root has given us a fine introduction about why this gathering matters. In both the original poems and the translations, the high energy is exciting and clear. And having assimilated Neruda's seemingly off-handed style in what he calls these 'tall, slender poetic stalks,' Root has a world of gifts for us that's powerful and engaging."  —James Hoggard, author, Triangles of Light: The Edward Hopper Poems and The Mayor's Daughter

"Two great voices meet and dance in this sterling new translation. Bill Pitt Root is the perfect partner for Neruda. Pure joy."  —Luís Urrea, author, Queen of America and The Hummingbird's Daughter

"Sublime Blue is an extraordinary and very welcome collection of Neruda’s early odes, from those well-known in English to those unknown. Poet William Pitt Root has done a masterful job of bringing some of Neruda’s most enigmatic poems into English. Neruda’s majestic language and vision are rendered here with passion and eloquence. This is a true gift to poetry."  —Marjorie Agosin, human rights activist and Luella Lamer Slaner professor of Latin American Studies, Wellesley College

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780916727871
Publisher:
Wings Press
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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