The Poems of Octavio Paz

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About the Author

Octavio Paz was the author of more than forty volumes of poetry and prose.
The author was born in Blackburn, England. He is 81 years old. At the tender age of 13, in 1950, he suffered his greatest and first tragedy when he lost his sight. His sight was restored three months later, but his eye specialist only managed to save five per cent of his eyesight and he's lived with that five per cent all his life. But that has never stopped him from doing what he loves or wanted to achieve. At an early age, after leaving school, he started working as an apprentice painter and decorator, and during those early years, he was also very successful in ballroom dancing. He stayed in that trade as a painter after ending his apprenticeship in 1958. In 1960, he married his dancing partner, who was also his childhood sweetheart, whom he started dancing with when they were only juveniles. In 1964, they emigrated to Perth, Western Australia and started their own painting contracting business, in 1990, the author and his wife built a large ballroom and dance studio, but in 1998, the author suffered his second and greater tragedy than his first. One Sunday night, after their dance had finished, they had a robbery. The author was beaten up and put in hospital, but his wife had a heart attack and died from a complication of the robbery. Although in shock, he kept his businesses going with the help of his managers and, later, Marilyn, a female dancer who became his friend. He married Marilyn in 2007. Paul still dances three times a week, as music and dancing have always been parts of his life. His other interests are in cruising around the world or Asia, as his wife, Marilyn, is Chinese and originally from Singapore.
Denise Levertov (1923-1997) was a British born American poet. She wrote and published 20 books of poetry, criticism, translations. She also edited several anthologies. Among her many awards and honors, she received the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Frost Medal, the Lenore Marshall Prize, the Lannan Award, a grant from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) was a poet and political activist. She was born in New York City in 1913 and attended Vassar College. She published over fifteen volumes of poetry in her lifetime and received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1966. She died in New York City in 1980.
Charles Tomlinson read English at Queens College, Cambridge, has lived in Northern Italy and London, and has recently retired after thirty-six years of teaching at the University of Bristol. In 1993 he received the Bennett Award for achievement in literature from The Hudson Review of New York, and in 1991 the Premio Europeo di Cittadella. He is the editor of the classic anthology The Oxford Book of Verse in English Translation. He lives in Gloucester, England.
Eliot Weinberger is an essayist, editor, and translator. He lives in New York City.
The modern American poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-79) received the Pulitzer Prize in 1956 for her collection Poems: North & South. A Cold Spring, the National Book Award for The Complete Poems (1969), the National Book Critics' Circle Award in 1976, and many other distinctions and accolades for her work. She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. She traveled widely as an adult, living for years in France and then Brazil, before returning to the United States.


Readers will marvel at Paz's variety: haiku-like miniatures; the tempestuous book-length poem 'Sunstone'; fast-moving prose poems; abstract odes; extended descriptions of places in Mexico, India, Afghanistan, and Japan.
The question of who or what writes a poem, which agency creates which pieces, even if none of the players is exactly automatic, takes us a long way into Paz's work, handsomely represented in this new collection.--Michael Wood
The living conscience of his age.--Mario Vargas Llosa