• Twenty Poems


    Pablo Neruda. Translated by James Wright and Robert Bly.


    Madison: The Sixties Press, 1967. Sky blue buckram with maroon titles, top of the text block lightly soiled with light discoloration affecting the very top of the interior pages. The unclipped dust jacket is lightly soiled and toned around the wrapping of the spine. 111 pages. First edition. Near fine.


    A gorgeous production from the Sixties Press, featuring poems rendered by two of Neruda's better translators. Contains an introductory essay on Neurda, an interview with he and Bly, and poems from his masterworks: Residence on Earth, Canto General, and Elemental Odes


    "Poets like St. John of the Cross and Juan Ramón Jiménez describe the single light shining at the center of all things. Neruda does not describe that light, and perhaps he does not see it. He describes instead the dense planets orbiting around it. As we open a Neruda book, we suddenly see going around us, in circles, like herds of mad buffalo or distracted horses, all sorts of created things: balconies, glacial rocks, lost address books, pipe organs, fingernails, notary publics, pumas, tongues of horses, shoes of dead people."


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