Translated and Introduced by Michael Smith
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Edited by Jon Thompson
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978-1-60235-090-8 (paperback, $18.00); 978-1-60235-091-5 (PDF, $9.99) © 2008 by Parlor Press, 208 pages
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From the Introduction . . .
“The poetic achievement of Hernández . . .lies in his winning through all the various purposes to which he devoted his poetic talent and persisting to achieve the profound expression of an individualism that was tortured by the social and political concerns from which his humanity could not turn away." —Michael Smith
About This Book
The Prison Poems is the first complete translation into English of Miguel Hernández’s Cancionero y romancero de ausencias, a classic of twentieth century Spanish poetry, comparable in many respects to the work of Lorca and Pablo Neruda. The poems in this book were mostly written while Hernández was in prison after the defeat of Republican Spain. Although he was totally involved in the Republican cause, its defeat did not lead to bitterness on his part. The poems are profoundly human, rising beyond political ideology, constantly striving toward a redemptive vision of the human condition.
About the Translator and Editor
The translator and editor is Michael Smith, a widely published poet and translator who in 2001 was the first Irish recipient of the European Academy Medal for distinguished work in the translation of poetry in Spanish, awarded by the European Academy of Poetry.
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