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Lucid and immediate Zenlike aphroisms translated from Spanish by one of America's great poets.

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Lucid and immediate Zenlike aphroisms translated from Spanish by one of America's great poets.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781556591891
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,477,702
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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W.S. Merwin is one of America's leading poets. His prizes include the 2005 National Book Award for his collected poems, Migration, the Pulitzer Prize, the Stevens Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Lannan Foundation. He is the author of dozens of books of poetry and translations. He lives in Hawaii, where he cultivates endangered palm trees.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2006


    Antonio Porchia (1886 - 1968) emigrated from his native Italy to Argentina where he became somewhat of an enigmatic poet, a poet while recognized during his lifetime is growing in popularity now, much to the superb translations by W.S. Merwin. Oddly enough Porchia's output was limited to one book, so becoming an avid fan of his thoughts placed so carefully on the printed page takes only a small book (127 pages) to absorb. But what lines of beauty he created! Some examples: Suffering does not follow us. It goes before us. * More grievous than tears is the sight of them. * Would there be this eternal seeking if the found existed? Porchia's pregnant lines find a home in our minds, in our hearts, and give us encouragement and those particular words to share with our own psyches as well as the agonies of loved ones. He was a gifted writer and W.S. Merwin has done a fine job in reassuring us that his words remain alive. Grady Harp

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