Poet in New York

ISBN-10: 0802143539
ISBN-13: 9780802143532
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Description: Newly translated for the first time in ten years, Federico Garcia Lorca's Poet in New York is an astonishing depiction of a tumultuous metropolis that changed the course of poetic expression in both Spain and the Americas. Written during Federico  More...

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List price: $14.00
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/21/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484

Newly translated for the first time in ten years, Federico Garcia Lorca's Poet in New York is an astonishing depiction of a tumultuous metropolis that changed the course of poetic expression in both Spain and the Americas. Written during Federico Garcia Lorca's nine months as a student at Columbia University at the beginning of the Great Depression, Poet in New York is widely considered one of the most important books Lorca ever produced. This enduring and influential collection offers us a New York City populated with poverty, racism, social turbulence, and solitude--a New York intoxicating in its vitality and devastating beauty. After the tragedy of September 11, 2001, poets Pablo Medina and Mark Statman returned to this seventy-year-old work and were struck by how closely it spoke to the atmosphere of New York after the World Trade Center crumbled. They were compelled to create a new English version of Poet in New York--translating the poems with reverence and irreverence, caution and wildness, humility and nerve. They translate Lorca's words with a contemporary poet's eye, which allows their work to uphold his surrealistic technique, mesmerizing complexity, and fierce emotion, unlike any other translation to date. An excellent introduction to one of the most significant figures in twentieth-century poetry, Poet in New York is a defining work of modern literature and this new bilingual edition is an exciting exposition of one American city that continues to have the ability to change our perspective on the world around us.

Garcia Lorca is perhaps the best known of modern Spanish writers, partly because of his brutal execution outside Granada by Franco's army at the beginning of the civil war, but primarily because of his genius for poetry and drama. In 1928 Lorca published Gypsy Ballads, which won him immediate success and is considered one of the most important volumes of poetry of the century. Attracted to the gypsies for their exotic folklore, sexual vitality, and their status as a group on the fringe of Spanish society, Lorca enlarged the gypsy people and their traditions to mythical proportions. Nature takes on human form while reality acquires a dreamlike quality in this powerful transformation of the world into a myth. The verse is colorful, rhythmic, dramatic, symbolic, and suggestive. Lorca visited New York in 1929, experiencing a deep despair about a mechanical and dehumanized society; he saw in blacks the only hope for revitalization of that world. The volume Poet in New York (1929) shows the influence of Negro spirituals and the poets Walt Whitman and T. S. Eliot. Although Garcia Lorca was interested in drama throughout his life, he did not produce much of significance until the 1930s. Most important is his trilogy of Spanish rural life, Blood Wedding (1933), Yerma (1934), and The House of Bernarda Alba (1936), all tragedies with women as protagonists. In each play, the fall of the heroine, and of those around her whom she pulls down, is caused by frustrations produced by society. Blood Wedding demonstrates the sterility of the traditional code of honor. Yerma reveals the emptiness of a traditional marriage in which the woman must bear her husband children to prove her fidelity, and The House of Bernarda Alba dramatizes the destructive nature of Bernarda's dictatorial rule over her house, a microcosm of Spain. The Butterfly's Evil Spell (1919) is Lorca's first play; The Shoemaker's Prodigious Wife (1931) and Don Perlimplin (1931) are farces; The Billy-Club Puppets (1931) is a puppet play.

Edward Hirsch is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry. A MacArthur fellow, he has published eight books of poems and four books of prose. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Rome Prize, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. He serves as president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and lives in Brooklyn.

Foreword
Poems of Solitude at Columbia University
Back from a Walk
1910 (Interlude)
Fable and Round of the Three Friends
Your Infancy in Menton
The Blacks
Norm and Paradise of the Blacks
The King of Harlem
Abandoned Church (Ballad of the Great War)
Streets and Dreams
Dance of Death
Landscape of the Vomiting Crowd (Twilight at Coney Island)
Landscape of the Urinating Crowd (Nocturne of Battery Place)
Murder (Two Voices at Dawn on Riverside Drive)
Christmas on the Hudson
City Without Sleep (Nocturne of the Brooklyn Bridge)
Blind Panorama of New York
Birth of Christ
Dawn
Poems of Lake Eden Mills
Double Poem of Lake Eden
Living Sky
In the Farmer's Cabin (Newburgh Countryside)
The Boy Stanton
Cow
Girl Drowned in the Well (Granada and Newburgh)
Introduction to Death: Poems of Solitude in Vermont
Death
Nocturne of the Hole
Landscape with Two Tombs and an Assyrian Dog
Ruin
Moon and Panorama of the Insects (Love Poem)
Return to the City
New York (Office and Denunciation)
Jewish Cemetery
Small Infinite Poem
Crucifixion
Two Odes
Cry Toward Rome: (From the Tower of the Chrysler Building)
Ode to Walt Whitman
Flight from New York: Two Waltzes Toward Civilization
Small Viennese Waltz
Waltz in the Branches
The Poet Arrives in Havana
Son of Blacks in Cuba

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