The Complete Perfectionist: A Poetics of Work

The Complete Perfectionist: A Poetics of Work

by Juan Ramon Jimenez, Juan Ram#243;n Jiménez
     
 

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Few have written more memorably about the work of poetry and the poetics of work than Juan Ramón Jiménez, winner of a Nobel Prize and discerning teacher of an entire generation of Spanish poets. In this series of aphorisms, Jiménez brings together the elements of perfect work, both in writing and in other realms. Among these elements—the

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Few have written more memorably about the work of poetry and the poetics of work than Juan Ramón Jiménez, winner of a Nobel Prize and discerning teacher of an entire generation of Spanish poets. In this series of aphorisms, Jiménez brings together the elements of perfect work, both in writing and in other realms. Among these elements—the wellsprings of any kind of creation—are instinct and inspiration, memory and forgetting, silence and noise, love and regret.

A treasure for poets and writers, The Complete Perfectionist includes helpful commentary by noted translator Christopher Maurer and shows perfection as a process of “becoming” rather than an end product. In these insightful pages, a poet haunted by perfection reveals his methods of writing and revision, and measures the social and ethical dimensions of el trabajo gustoso, or pleasurable work. This revised and expanded edition includes many aphorisms recently published in Spanish and not previously included.

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“Maurer provides ample context for Jiménez's maxims, so that we begin to know Jiménez as a person and a poet as well as a philosopher. The aphorisms are marvelous nuggets of wisdom.”
Robert Bly
“This is a gorgeous little book.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983322009
Publisher:
Swan Isle Press
Publication date:
01/15/2012
Edition description:
New edition, and Enlarged
Pages:
180
Sales rank:
1,397,807
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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