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Poems deal with death, nature, the past, art, perception, love, travel, communication, and truth.
Paperback, 147 pages
Published May 1st 1984 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (first published August 30th 1979)
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Farhan Khalid
میں دنیا کی چوٹی پر نہیں ہوں 

یہ لمحہ کسی سنیاسی کا ٹیلہ ہے

جس پر کوئی تارک الدنیا بیٹھا رہے

وقت میرے پاؤں سے اٹھتا نہیں

میرے سر میں

ایک خاموش سیاہ دھماکہ بن کر پھٹتا نہیں

روشنی اور اندھیرا ایک بن چکے ہیں

رات ایک بے ربط سرگوشی ہے

ایک جسم خود سے چمٹا ہوا

خود کو خود سے جدا کرنے میں مصروف

خواب کٹی ہوئی انگلیوں سے

خواب کے عالم میں اپنے آپ کو چھوتا ہے

میں کسی دوراہے پر نہیں ہوں

چیزوں میں سے ایک کو چن لینا غلط راستے پر چلنا ہے

آغاز پھسل رہا ہے

انجام غائب ہے

نہ کوئی آغاز ہے نہ کوئی انجام

میں ایک وقفے کے
this is way sexy and observant. He really plays with time and light.
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I found this collection to be most excellent. It was eerie, with the specters of time, poetics and metaphor constantly haunting the works. It was lush and verdant both in the depth of scenery described as well as the combination of skillfully chosen words that are so powerful and evocative in these works. It was somewhat dense, yet not pretentious and likely to be, at least for those familiar with some poetry, enjoyably approachable. It was magical, with secret tunnels to other worlds, circumst...more
Another incredible, transcendent collection of Paz's work. Though there is a lot of overlap between this and the configurations collection, there are also a fair amount of different pieces. This volume is much more meditative on the nature of language than configurations. Once again, Paz manages to capture the smallest moments and let them reverberate out into the void.
Laurie Williams
I have reread this collection of poems so often, that the pages are tattered. This is one of those books to literally devour. It has coffee and tea stains and clay stains from taking ot to the clay studio. I have repaired the pages and the spine over and over again. I love, love, love this book.
Dec 30, 2011 Paul rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
Although I enjoyed it I struggle a bit with translated poetry, worrying if I'm seeing the work of the poet or of the translator, but it was good to read the works of this Nobel Laureate for the first time
J.M. Hushour
I love this guy! He definitely puts all the other Mexican, surrealist suckah MC poets in their proper place.
بهمن بهمن
khoondam va khosham ham naioomad.shaiad be zaboonew khodeshoon ghashnage,khoda aaleme;)
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Octavio Paz Lozano (March 31, 1914 – April 19, 1998) was a Mexican writer, poet, and diplomat, and the winner of the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature ("for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity.")
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