Details

ISBN-10: 1571314911
ISBN-13: 9781571314918
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publish Date: 04/13/2021
Dimensions: 8.40" L, 5.40" W, 0.40" H

The Complete Poems of San Juan de la Cruz

Translator: Paul Hoover

Paperback

Price: $18.00

Overview

In 1578, during months of imprisonment for his reformist beliefs, San Juan de la Cruz composed a series of narrative poems inspired by the Biblical Song of Songs–and, the story goes, a popular love song overheard from his cramped cell–that take God as the beloved. Erotically charged, initially scandalous, his mystical poetry engages with the journey of the soul through the darkest trenches of suffering and despair toward an enlightened spiritual connection with God. For hundreds of years, these poems have resonated deeply with those who search for meaning in the dark, and have influenced generations of poets, artists, and philosophers.

This bilingual edition of the Complete Poems–including “Dark Night” and both the Sanlúcar and Jaén manuscripts of “Spiritual Canticle”–presents an intimate and exceptionally collaborative new translation from María Baranda and Paul Hoover. Baranda, one of the most distinguished Mexican poets of her generation, lends her deft hand with expansive, meditative poetry. Hoover–the accomplished American poet, editor, and translator–offers his dexterity with form and the possibilities of language. The product is uniquely faithful to image and idea, and loyal to the ecstatic lyricism of this canonical text.

A volume that hums with the soul’s longing to find solace, The Complete Poems of San Juan de la Cruz is a collection to be treasured.

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Reviews
"This is a gorgeously presented book with equally stunning verse." –The Millions, "Must-Read Poetry of April 2021"

"In poems that remind the reader of John Donne's fierce, unbridled devotion, mingled with John Keats' romanticism, people 'suffer, grieve, and die' at the various altars of love . . . The collection invites the acceptance of mystery ushered by the intoxicating work of devotion." –Publishers Weekly


"I was so impressed by [The Complete Poems of San Juan de la Cruz] . . . [A] revelatory new translation." Commonweal Magazine

Praise for María Baranda and Paul Hoover

"One of the leading Mexican poets of the generation born in the 1960s and a powerful presence in all of Latin American poetry, Baranda is best known for her sweeping and incisive long poems. Her cry is resoundingly of sea, sponge, ant, and prayer, as related in rapture. Hoover deftly captures the drama of her cadences in Spanish."–PEN.org

Praise for Black Dog, Black Night (coedited and cotranslated by Paul Hoover and Nguyen Do)

"A monumental contribution to international literature."Bloomsbury Review

"A fresh, groundbreaking compendium of contemporary Vietnamese poets."–Poets.org

"A rich sampling. Reading this anthology will leave the reader wanting more contemporary Vietnamese poetry."Rain Taxi

Praise for Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (edited by Paul Hoover)

"A resounding success. For a young writer wanting to get a complete flavor of what's exciting about American poetry today, there can hardly be a better guide. . . . Hoover's anthology looks to the future. This is an indispensable guide for every poet, opening many portals onto avant-garde poetry, an exhaustive resource that never becomes boring or pedestrian."Huffington Post

"The range here is stunning, from Olson's panoramic histories to Frank O'Hara's chatty cityscapes to Lyn Hejinian's bottomless autobiography. . . . This will be an essential book for students and serious fans of poetry."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Invaluable . . . Hoover's expert introduction tracks all the stages and facets of postmodern poetry, including such modes as conceptual poetry, cyberpoetry, and proceduralism. . . . The well-chosen selections range exhilaratingly. . . . Each approach, mechanical or intuitive, yields poems of provocation, mystery, wit, even beauty, adding up to an engrossing and defining collection."Booklist

Praise for Paul Hoover's Poems in Spanish

"Hoover use[s] the music and directness of Spanish poetry in translation to make poems in English that sound at once otherworldly and completely, poignantly American."Boston Review

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Details

ISBN-10: 1571314911
ISBN-13: 9781571314918
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publish Date: 04/13/2021
Dimensions: 8.40" L, 5.40" W, 0.40" H
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