The Poems of Octavio Paz

Octavio Paz (Author) Paul Blackburn (Translator)
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The Poems of Octavio Paz is the first retrospective collection of Paz's poetry to span his entire writing career from his first published poem, at age seventeen, to his magnificent last poem. This landmark bilingual edition contains many poems that have never been translated into English before, plus new translations based on Paz's final revisions. Assiduously edited by Eliot Weinberger--who has been translating Paz for over forty years--The Poems of Octavio Paz also includes translations by the poet-luminaries Elizabeth Bishop, Paul Blackburn, Denise Levertov, Muriel Rukeyser, and Charles Tomlinson. Readers will also find Weinberger's capsule biography of Paz, as well as notes on many poems in Paz's own words, taken from various interviews he gave throughout his long and singular life.

Product Details

Price
$19.95  $18.35
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
February 27, 2018
Pages
624
Dimensions
6.1 X 1.1 X 8.9 inches | 1.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811227568
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About the Author

Octavio Paz was a Mexican writer, poet and diplomat. He won the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is considered one of the most influential writers and poets of the 20th Century. A prolific author and poet, Paz published scores of works during his lifetime. His later poetry dealt with love and eroticism, the nature of time, and Buddhism. He also wrote poetry about his other passion, modern painting, dedicating poems to the work of Marcel Duchamp, Antoni Tapies, Robert Rauschenberg, Joan Miro, and Roberto Matta. As an essayist, Octavio Paz wrote on topics including politics, economics, anthropology, and sexuality. Melinda Camber Porter In Conversation With Octavio Paz was in 1983 at the time of the English publication of Marcel Duchamp by Octavio Paz. They also discussed the differences and state of Mexican, North American and European culture and politics.

Paul Blackburn was among the foremost American poets and translators of the twentieth century.

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 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.

Reviews

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