A Tree Within: Poetry
Eliot Weinberger (Author) Octavio Paz (Author)
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DescriptionA Tree Within (Arbol Adentro), the first collection of new poems by the great Mexican author Octavio Paz since his Return (Vuelta) of 1975, was originally published as the final section of The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz, 1957-1987. Among these later poems is a series of works dedicated to such artists as Miró, Balthus, Duchamp, Rauschenberg, Tapies, Alechinsky, Monet, and Matta, as well as a number of epigrammatic and Chinese-like lyrics. Two remarkable long poems --"I Speak of the City," a Whitmanesque apocalyptic evocation of the contemporary urban nightmare, and "Letter of Testimony," a meditation on love and death--are emblematic of the mature poet in a prophetic voice.
New Directions Publishing Corporation
November 17, 1988
5.21 X 8.01 X 0.38 inches | 0.41 pounds
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About the Author
Eliot Weinberger's books of literary essays include "Karmic Traces", "An Elemental Thing", and "The Ghosts of Birds". His political articles are collected in "What I Heard About Iraq" and "What Happened Here: Bush Chronicles". The author of "19 Ways of Looking at Wang Wei", he is a translator of the poetry of Bei Dao, the editor of "The New Directions Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry", and the general editor of the series "Calligrams: Writings from and on China." Among his translations of Latin American literature are "The Poems of Octavio Paz", Jorge Luis Borges' "Selected Non-Fictions", Vicente Huidobro's "Altazor", and Xavier Villaurrutia's "Nostalgia for Death". His work regularly appears in the London Review of Books and has been translated into over thirty languages.
Octavio Paz was born in 1914 and died in 1998. The author of eighteen books, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990.