The Lorca Variations

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Throughout a career spanning four decades, Rothenberg has been as prolific as a translator as he has been as a poet. Like much of his earlier work, these new poems straddle the borders of both genres. They ultimately become a dialogue with the silenced master: ``To write through Lorca, to come back on Lorca's wings . . . To return with Lorca only yesterday, to walk along the sea, under the stars.'' In the 1950s, before he was translating Native American writings and founding an Ethnopoetics movement, Rothenberg was influenced by the Spanish ``duende'' or use of imagery a concept parallel to the ``deep image'' popularized by Robert Bly. Returning to those early concerns, he appropriates Lorca's imagery: moon, hills, death, olive groves. Liberally supplying his own verbs, and permitting explicit homosexual references, the resulting poems have a hard edge not present in Lorca's work. Rothenberg's reading of Lorca as a surrealist is similarly far-fetched. But these digressions from the text, along with a concentration on what he considers Lorca's more playful pieces, offer Rothenberg a vehicle structurally reminiscent of his initial experiments with language, chance and performance, making this his strongest volume since the 1980 publication of Vienna Blood. Oct.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788487467028
  • Publisher: Zasterle Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1990
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome Rothenberg is the author of over seventy books of poetry including acclaimed volumes such as Poland/1931, Khurbn, and The Lorca Variations (all from New Directions). Describing his poetry career as "an ongoing attempt to reinterpret the poetic past from the point of view of the present," he has also edited ten major anthologies, including Technicians of the Sacred, Shaking the Pumpkin, and Poems for the Millennium (three volumes, co-edited with Pierre Joris and Jeffrey C. Robinson). His poetry has been translated extensively into French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Serbian, Polish, Japanese, Lithuanian, Chinese, and Finnish. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and was awarded an American Book Award, two PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Awards and two PEN Center USA West Translation Awards, among other honors. He was elected to the World Academy of Poetry in 2001. His books available from SPD include GEMATRIA COMPLETE, THREE POEMS AFTER IMAGES BY NANCY TOBIN, CHINA NOTES & THE TREASURES OF DUNHUANG, 25 CAPRICHOS AFTER GOYA, and A BOOK OF CONCEALMENTS.
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Table of Contents

I Lorca's Spain: A Homage 1
II Blue Poems/Blue River 2
III Lorca's Clocks 5
IV More Clocks 8
V Mirror Visions 9
VI At Night 13
VII Water 16
VIII Backwaters 18
IX A Cuckoo Suite 19
X Sublunar Visions 23
XI Newton 25
XII Federico, Newton, Adam 27
XIII Fireworks Suite 30
XIV Wheel of Fortune 33
XV Water Jets 34
XVI Seaside, Sirens, Stars 35
XVII God, Dark, with Palm Trees 37
XVIII Those Who Wait 40
XIX In a Time of War 42
XX Songs at Nightfall 44
XXI The Return 47
XXII Shadows 49
XXIII White 52
XXIV Lorca's Mirror 56
XXV Two Allegories 58
XXVI Palimpsests 60
XXVII Lorca's Journals 63
XXVIII For Turtles 67
XXIX Lunar Grapefruits 69
XXX Jewish Cemetery 1 75
XXXI Jewish Cemetery 2 77
XXXII First New York Poem 79
XXXIII Second New York Poem 80
Coda: The Final Lorca Variation 87
A Postface to The Lorca Variations 88
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