City of Memory and Other Poems

ISBN-10: 0872863247

ISBN-13: 9780872863248

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The leading poet of his generation, Jose Emilio Pacheco is one of Mexico's most esteemed and beloved writers. City of Memory and Other Poems presents two of his finest poetry collections, accompanied by beautifully rendered translations. The first, "City of Memory," touches on Pacheco's major literary obsessions: the destructive effects of time; the essential egotism and cruelty of the natural world, with humankind at its violent center; and the capacity of the human spirit to achieve transcendence. The second, "I watch the Earth," is an emotional catharsis, the poet's mediation on the tragic earthquake that devastated his native Mexico City in 1985. Together, these poems paint a vivid picture of the noble beauty and uncontrollable tragedy that is Mexico-and the world-today. Jose Emilio Pacheco is the winner of the Jose Asuncion Silva Award for the best book of poetry to appear in Spanish from 1990 to 1995. Novelist, poet, essayist, and translator, he lives in Mexico City. Cynthia Steele is the author of Politics, Gender and the Mexican Novel, 1968-1988, Beyond the Pyramid and the translator of Underground River and Other Stories by Ines Arredondo. David Lauer is a poet and translator who lives in Chihuahua, Mexico.
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List price: $10.95
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication date: 1/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550

Jos� Emilio Pacheco was born in Mexico City, Mexico on June 30, 1939. He was a poet, novelist, journalist, essayist and literary critic. His first collection of short stories was published in 1958. He was best known for his accounts of adolescents growing up in a less crowded, but corrupt and unjust Mexico in the 1940s and 1950s. This is exhibited in the 1982 novel Las Batallas en el Desierto (Battles in the Desert). In 2009, he won the Cervantes Prize. He also translated works by Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams and T.S. Eliot and taught literature at universities in the United States, Great Britain and Canada. He died after suffering a heart attack on January 26, 2014 at the age of 74.

David Lauer is a poet and translator who lives in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Translator's Preface
Sea Snail
Two Poems on Sligo Creek I. The Stream
Two Poems on Sligo Creek II. Frost
Cesar Vallejo
A Dog's Life
Paper from Old Rags
The Twentieth-Centurians
The Magic of Criticism
Bend in the Ajusco Mountain
The Island Garden
Sun Shower
Song of the Willow
All Our Yesterdays
The Wretched of the Earth
For You
A Farewell to Arms
Sunday Light
Walter Benjamin Leaves Paris (1940)
Becquer and Rilke Meet in Seville
Pottery from Colima
The Defenseless
Southern Seas
The Enemy
In Passing
The Knife
Live Bait
The Ruins of Mexico (Elegy of the Return)
The Names of Evil: The Salamander
The Names of Evil: Cain
The Names of Evil: Rites and Ceremonies
The Names of Evil: Baroque Altar
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