The Selected Poems of Miguel Hernandez: A Bilingual Edition

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University of Chicago Press, 2001 - Poetry - 409 pages
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In the Spanish-speaking world, Miguel Hernández is regarded as one of the most important poets of the twentieth century-equal in distinction to Federico García Lorca, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz. He has never received his just acclaim, however, in the English-speaking world, a victim of the artistic oppression exercised during the period of Francisco Franco's totalitarian regime. Determined to silence the writer Neruda fondly referred to as his "wonderful boy," Franco sentenced Hernández to death, citing as his crime only that he was "poet and soldier to the mother country." Despite the fact that complete and accurate versions of his work were difficult to obtain even in Spanish for nearly fifty years, Hernández went on to achieve legendary status.
Now, for the first time, Ted Genoways makes Hernández's extraordinary oeuvre available in an authoritative bilingual edition. Featuring some of the most tender and vigorous poetry on war, death, and social injustice written in the past century, nearly half of the poems in this volume appear in English for the first time, making it the most comprehensive bilingual collection of Hernández's work available. Arranged chronologically, The Selected Poems of Miguel Hernández presents Hernández's remarkable emotional range as well as his stylistic evolution from the Romantic shepherd poet to poet of the prison cell. Thorough annotations and introductory essays illuminate the biographical basis for many of Hernández's poems, while a foreword by Robert Bly and an afterword by Octavio Paz provide a striking frame for the work of this essential poet.

"What a victory it is to watch springing forth from our murky thicket of half-commercialized poetry the silver boar of Hernández's words-to see the world of paper part so as to allow the language tusks and shoulders to emerge, shining, pressed forward by his genius. This generous selection of Miguel Hernández's work, arranged, shepherded, and largely translated by Ted Genoways, is an immense gift for which all of us should be grateful."-from the Foreword by Robert Bly

"To gather Hernández's poetry in such a large volume is to bring one of the 20th century's most important poets to life again. Without Hernandez, the world community of poetry would not be what it is today. The Selected Poems must be read if vital poetry is to continue another 100 years, with Hernández's voice as a cherished example of why great poetry is timeless."—Ray González, Bloomsbury Review

"As Philip Levine write in The Kenyon Review, Hernández is 'one of the great talents of the century,' and this collection is a good place to discover (or rediscover) his moving verses."—Virginia Quarterly Review

"Vivid, often volatile imagery describes wrenching emotions and events in The Selected Poems of Miguel Hernández: A Bilingual Edition. . . . Raw, passionate, despairing and celebratory, these poems are a true discovery."—Publishers Weekly

"Arranged in three chronological sections, the poems presented are not the complete works, but they are a large and representative sampling of the best. This is certainly the most comprehensive bilingual edition of Hernández's poetry available. In addition to the poems, the editor includes eight illustrations, important prefatory materials, and a short list of references, and an epilogue by Octavio Paz."—Choice
 

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Miguel Hernández is, along with Antonio Machado and Federico García Lorca, one of the most important civil war Spanish poets. His poetry is rich in imagery from peasant life, but the appellative ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
7
Vals de los enamorados y unidos hasta siempreWaltz Poem of Those
9
Un carnívoro cuchilloA knife that eats flesh Robert Bly
36
Guiando un tribunal de tiburones While you were guiding home
42
Umbrío por la pena casi bruno Overshadowed by pain nearly black
49
me desesperoNo I will not conform But I
79
Lluviosos ojos que lluviosamente Rainy eyes like storm showers Ted
92
Introduction
105
Fuera menos penado si no fueraIt would be less painful Ted
311
Tristes guerrasSad wars Ted Genoways
312
Hijo de la luz y de la sombraChild of Light and Shadow Don Share
314
Excerpto de La lluviaron The Rain Timothy Baland
324
Antes del odioBefore Hatred Ted Genoways
326
La bocaMouth Edwin Honig
332
Te mueres de casta y de sencillaIt kills me youre so pure and chaste
335
Ascensión de la escobaAscensión of the Broom Willis Barnstone
336

Elegía primeraFirst Elegy Ted Genoways
156
Vientos del pueblo me llevanWinds of the People Ted Genoways
170
Al soldado internacional caído en EspañaTo the International Soldier
192
Memoria del 5o regimientoMemorial to the 5th Regiment Ted Genoways
222
El hambreHunger Don Share
238
Wright
256
Introduction
271
Love and Inseparable Forever Timothy Baland
284
ComolahiguerajovenYouwerelikeayoungfigtree TedGenoways
286
El sol la rosa y el niñoThe sun the rose and the child Edwin Honig
288
Cada vez que pasoEach time I pass Ted Genoways
290
Una fotografía A photograph Ted Genoways
292
Llevadme al cementerioCarry me to the cemetery Ted Genoways
294
Las gramas la ortigasGrassblades nettles Gary J Schmechel
296
Todas las casas son ojosAll the houses are eyes Gary J Schmechel
298
El amor ascendía entre nosotrosLove climbed between us John Haines
301
Romorosas pestañasRustling eyelashes Gary J Schmechel
302
La vejez de los pueblosThe aged in the villages Ted Genoways
304
A mi hijoTo My Son Ted Genoways
306
Todo está lleno de tiEverything is full of you Ted Genoways
310
Después del amorAfter Love Ted Genoways
338
El mundo es como apareceThe world is as it appears Don Share
342
GuerraWar James Wright
346
Nanas de la cebollaLullabies of the Onion Philip Levine
350
El último rincónThe Last Corner Ted Genoways
356
CantarTo Sing Don Share
362
Casida del sedientoLament of the Thirsting Man Ted Genoways
366
Sonreír con la alegre tristeza del olivoTo smile with the cheerful grief of the olive tree Willis Barnstone
368
El niño de la nocheChild of the Night Don Share
370
El hombre no reposa The man does not rest Ted Genoways
374
Sigo en la sombra lleno de luzI Uve in shadow filled with light Willis Barnstone
376
Sepultura de la imaginaciónImaginations Tomb Ted Genoways
378
Eterna sombraEternal Darkness Timothy Baland and Robert Bly
380
1942
387
Recoged esa voz Gather This Voice Ted Genoways
390
Notes
395
References
401
List of Contributors
403
Index of Titles and First Lines
405
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About the author (2001)

Miguel Hernández was born in Orihuela in 1910. He died of tuberculosis in 1942.

Ted Genoways is the author of Bullroarer, winner of the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize. He is also the coeditor of A Perfect Picture of Hell: Eyewitness Accounts by Civil War Prisoners from the 12th Iowa.

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