Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Octavio Paz


Octavio Paz, asserts Eliot Weinberger in his advent to these Selected Poems, is likely one of the final of the modernists "who drew their very own maps of the world." For Latin America's preferable residing poet, his local Mexico has been the heart of an international mandala, a cultural configuration that, in his existence and paintings, he has traced to its furthest reaches: to Spain, as a tender Marxist in the course of the Civil conflict; to San Francisco and long island within the early Forties; to Paris, as a surrealist, within the postwar years; to India and Japan in 1952, and to the East back as his country's ambassador to India from 1962 to 1968; and to numerous universities within the usa during the Seventies. a superb synthesizer, the wealthy variety of Paz's idea is proven right here in all its magnificent complexity. one of the sixty-seven decisions during this quantity, a meeting in English of his so much crucial poems drawn from approximately fifty years' paintings, are Muriel Rukeyser's now vintage model of "Sun Stone" and new translations through editor Weinberger of “Blanco" and "Maithuna." and because for Paz, endlessly in movement, there should be no such factor as a "definitive text," all of the poems were revised to comply to the poet's latest adjustments within the unique Spanish. along with these by way of Rukeyser and Weinberger, the translations in the Selected Poems are via G. Aroul, Elizabeth Bishop, Paul Blackburn, Lysander Kemp, Denise Levertov, Mark Strand, Charles Tomlinson, William Carlos Williams, and Monique Fong Wust.

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