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Federico García Lorca
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Poet in New York

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Written while Federico Garciacute;a Lorca was a student at Columbia University in 1929-30, iPoet in New York/i is one of the most important books Lorca produced, and certainly one of the most important books ever published about New York City. Indeed, it is a book that changed the direction of poetry in both Spain and the Americas, a pathbreaking and defining work of moder ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published April 1st 1988 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1940)
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MJ Nicholls
Devastating poems composed during the Andalusian bard’s 1929-30 stay in New York. This edition contains a brilliant introduction and unobtrusive commentaries, plus a lecture (which I read) and letters to his family (which I skipped). My favourite of the cycle is this spinechilling number from Part III, Streets and Dreams (with incorrect line breaks and my apologies to the poet):

Sleepless City (Brooklyn Bridge Nocturne)

Out in the sky, no one sleeps. No one, no one.
No one sleeps.
Lunar creatures s
Ahmed Ibrahim
لوركا هنا مختلف كثيرًا عن دواوينه الأخرى، في هذا الديوان اعتنى بالصورة كثيرًا بخلاف العادة، والقصائد وأعمق وأنضج من غيرها من الدواوين، ورائحة البؤس تفوح منها.
وأنا أقرأ تبادر لذهني رائعة الشاعر ت.س.إليوت "أرض الضياع" أو "الأرض الخراب"؛ فالديوانين يشتركون في النظرة البائسة والمشمأزة من الحياة الأمريكية الحديثة.
ديوان رائع لكنه بحاجة إلى قراءة متأنية ومتمهلة والوقوف على بعض القصائد وتأملها مليًا لكي تستبين روعتها..
أتعبني لكنه أمتعني.
Julie Ehlers
"On this bridge, Lorca warns, life is not a dream. Beware, and beware, and beware.... Before you drift off, don't forget, which is to say, remember—because remembering is so much more a psychotic activity than forgetting—Lorca in that same poem said that the iguana will bite those who do not dream."

These lines, spoken by Timothy "Speed" Levitch as he stands on the Brooklyn Bridge in my favorite movie, Waking Life, always intrigued me. The idea of the Spanish poet Lorca on the Brooklyn Bridge was
Hay quien dice que el público adoraba Romancero Gitano porque lo entendía. Éste no se entendió. Yo debo de ser una de esas personas.

Publicado póstumamente en 1940.
Mientras Leo
May 12, 2016 Mientras Leo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imprescindible. No sólo por ser Lorca, por ser un gran nombre de nuestras letras. Imprescindible por sí mismo. Una gran lectura.
Porque no habia leido a Lorca antes??
Jul 12, 2009 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
o Lorca. If only you were buried nearby so I could hump your grave while sobbing. Best, most tortured, sweetest, strangest, most bitter.
جابر طاحون
أكتر عمل أحبه للوركا صديق القمر والشجر والغجر وعريس ربة الشعر الذي لم يعد إنساناً ولا شاعراً ولا ورقة ، رغم كونه أوسط أعماله و الذي بدأ فيه يتحكم في أدواته الشعرية التي ظهرت بعد ذلك في بقية أعماله الشعرية و المسرحية .الديوان متشابك مع شعر إليوت و خصوصا الأرض الخراب و أربعاء الرماد ،خصوصًا في التضحية الشعائريةو التشابك و التداخل و صور الانهيار و العقم و الشذوذ و صور الخراب الظاهرة في مجموعتين الأولي الجماهير المتقيئة المدمرة المفسدة للحياة و الثانية أدوات العقاب و التطهير التي ستقع علي المدينة و ...more
Peycho Kanev
Dec 07, 2011 Peycho Kanev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Gabriel Garcia Lorca truly shows that when it comes to the movements as a city with ties to industry, capitalistic gain and material wealth, there is no division between the life of the human being and the life of the machine. Lorca arrived in New York just in time to witness the chaos created by the 1929 stock market crash. The poet's favorite neighborhood was Harlem; he loved African-American spirituals, which reminded him of Spain's "deep songs."
Like jazz and soul, it holds rage, irony and gr
Jul 17, 2012 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew nothing of Lorca until this weekend, which saddens and embarrasses me since I adore Spanish culture. I watched the film 'Little Ashes' thinking it was about Salvador Dali but found the life and causes of Dali's poet lover Federico Garcia Lorca much more compelling. My friend was kind enough to lend me this book of poems he wrote about his experiences while studying in New York and visiting Cuba.

This edition came with a fantastic introduction which gave a lot of context to the often confu
Jan 10, 2009 Chetley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Themes: Primitivism vs Mechanization. Nature vs City. Science vs Emotion,"Magic" aka the Spirit. Wildness. Puritanism. Fluidity vs Structure. Death. Money. Reality vs Dreams (false dreams aka untruths).
Lorca wrote on New York as a "savage" place doomed by mechanization, money, science, the loss of nature, wildness, fluidity, and the denial of roots and primitivism. For instance, from the Dance of Death:
Between the sphinx and the bank vault, there is a taut thread
that pierces the heart of all po
Oct 13, 2008 Kurt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic book. I hear the word "Surrealism" tossed around a lot in reference to this work, but I'm not sure that I agree with that description, even though I understand what people mean when they say it. In my opinion, Lorca is attempting to use words in a descriptive way so as to capture setting, emotion and character, (many times the setting and character are New York, the city itself)much in the way an artist uses paint.The words themselves transcend their literal meanings. What as ...more
Roqaiah Al-Fareed
May 20, 2013 Roqaiah Al-Fareed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لم أجد هنا نسخة الكتاب الذي بين يدي..
النسخة الصادرة عن دار أزمنة ترجمة حسين مجيد
عن دراسة لديريك هاريس..

هنا لوركا عندما أتيحت له فرصة السفر لأمريكا غرض دخول الجامعة في نيويورك فكتب ديوانه الواضح من مسماه في حين قضائه تلك المدة مابين منتصف عام 1929 لأواخر عام 1930.. عندما زُكي في ذهابه لتعلم الانجليزية في الجامعة
قال: داوها بالداء
إلا أنه بعد ما يقارب الستة أشهر فقط لم يكمل دواءه "الداء"

نهج لوركا الأسباني منهج السريالية التعبيرية فاتضحت في هذا الديوان، هو مذهب فني أدبي وفكري إنتهجه وأبدع فيه الفرنسي
Feb 25, 2016 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
La verdad es que pongo dos estrellas porque me da pena. No he entendido nada, mi expresión durante todo el libro fue (?) Pero bueno...
A favourite book, which I've had since my youth, when I was discovering a wider world.
Dec 07, 2012 Vale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, spanish
Toni cupi, di morte e solitudine, che nulla hanno a che fare con il Lorca vitale de Libro de Poemas.
E' una New York grottesca, sordida e alienata. Le metafore e le sinestesie si intrecciano così vorticosamente da lasciare sempre meno spazio alla comprensione del lettore. Si sa, la poesia parla per archetipi e forse è proprio questo ciò che ci fa amarla: non doverla sottoporre al microscopio della ragione, eppure stavolta avrei preferito qualche verso meno criptico.
Ode a Walt Whitman è commoven
Sarah Shahid
Sep 06, 2015 Sarah Shahid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, read-in-2015
عن نيويورك .. عن أمريكا الشمالية
عن سانتياغو .. عن كوبا .. عن أمريكا الجنوبية
عن الزنوج .. عن العبيد .. عن أفريقيا
عن الموت .. عن الذل .. عن الإنسانية النتنة

لم يعتمد لوركا في ديوانه هذا على الأنغام والقوافي، وإنما كان يستهدف المعاني العميقة، وعند ترجمة شعره إلى العربية فقد بعضاً من غنائيته لكنه لم يفقد شيئاً من معانيه.

أسلوبه رائع للغاية وقدرته المميزة على اختيار مفرداته جعلت من ديوانه بيئة براقة قوامها كلمات أجادت في وصف عري الإنسانية وعهرها.

باختصار، أعاد لوركا في ديوانه هذا ثقتي بالشعر المتر
Amina - أمينَة.
Nov 08, 2014 Amina - أمينَة. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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مالي أقرأ الحُزن والتعاسة في قصائد لوركا !
ألا توجد لديه قصيدة مُفرحه واحده ؟ بعد تجربة مرثية مصارع الثيران , أنتقل لـ شاعر في نيويورك التي لا تقلّ بؤسًا و روعةً و جمالًا عن سابقتها .
ولكي تقرأ لـ لوركا يجب عليك أن تتمعّن في الكلمات جيدًا و أن تقف على بعضها كثيرًا , لإختزال المعنى منها ...


أنا :
فراغٌ مزقته السواطير الملثومه
والقشر الجاف للعنب المحايد
وخيوط الفجر الأميانتية
كل أنوار العالم تكمن في عين واحدة !
و يغنّي الديك , ويبقى غنائهُ أكثر مما تبقى أجنحتهُ .

أنا :
فراغي بدونكِ أيتها المدينة
بدون موتاك
Feb 27, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
How to write a review of a work that I barely understand, but find so beautiful I have to give it 5 bright, and shining stars?

I bought my first copy of Poet in New York over 40 years ago. It was Ben Bellit's translation. Mr. Bellit has also translated Pablo Neruda. I can't say as I find any of his translations readable. But, I persevered, opening the book every now and then, and finding the lines mostly incomprehensible blamed the translation and said, "Maybe later."

The new Simon and White trans
Deivid León López
Llevaba mucho tiempo con ganas de cogerlo por banda. Al fin lo he hecho y no me arrepiento para nada. Lo único que tengo que decir es que a Lorca no hay que leerlo para dentro, hay que recitarlo, hay que vivirlo, hay que expresarlo con la voz en alto y disfrutar de cada palabra, de cada verso, de cada poema. Porque, en definitiva, eso hay que hacer con toda poesía.

Una gran obra que he terminado casi sin darme cuenta, en la que he disfrutado mucho y en la que he dejado una parte de mí.
Jun 29, 2016 Jsavett1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've spent the last week or so rereading these prophesies in verse. Garcia Lorca continues to be an inspiration to me both as an artist and presence in my life.

If you've never read Garcia Lorca, this is an excellent place to start.
I dont often add poetry books to my list. I guess its because poetry books arent read like other types of books. Poems are almost isolated, and I come and go from these books freely, when I need them or want them, instead of being bound by their linear succession of page after page of story.
However, Poet in New York, is very special to me. This is a collection that Ive read through like any other book and Ive read in isolated bits according to the weather and to love and to times of day.
Its beau
As afirst reading to these poems, lorca's experience of living in NewYork nearly about 9 months"between june1929&march 1930"changed thoroughly his attitudes and views towards people, life&no question poetry..
symbolism, and the spontaneous overflow of the poet feelings and his impressions, not positive anyway, about the materialistic indulgence of such ahuge city, the barren life, absence òf soul in people's actions and behavior s, except black ones and children, the constant comparison b
Alejandro Olaguer
Mar 25, 2016 Alejandro Olaguer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poes-a
No es el mejor Lorca.
May 03, 2009 Inma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish, poetry, fiction
For me this is his best poetry. His previous "simbolic" poetry is simply unbearable and I can't understand anything at all, in fact I hate his previous poetry. This one is less beautiful, darker but much easier to understand, at least for me, maybe because you can see that he's actually understanding himself much better after knowing of Walt Whitman and seeing other things.
Jul 24, 2007 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the off-kilter
I love the passion in every syllable of Lorca's poetry, and his insane surrealist imagery -- which makes sense in the most surprising ways. I'm not a super Spanish-linguist but the translation seems to be a good balance of literal and poetic accuracy. The side-by-side translations make it possible to read it how it's supposed to be read and understand it at the same time.
Mohamed Awada
Oct 30, 2014 Mohamed Awada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting to see Lorca's homosexuality take an explicit form in his poetry (they are quite beautiful poems!).
It was also interesting for me at a personal level to see Lorca's perception of New York City.
Sep 12, 2007 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i've always been fascinated by garcía lorca's take on harlem--i wish i could have been a fly on the wall at a couple of those parties where where lorca sang and played piano and basked in the attention of harlem artists--so in love with the admiration and affinity he perceived in his audience.
Tom Meade
Jan 01, 2016 Tom Meade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, favorites
I don't know that there's much I can say of this book, beyond noting that it's certainly one of the strangest and most terrifying things I've ever read. I think I may finally understand where Jeff Mangum got his ideas from.
Sep 23, 2010 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
incredible poems. unfortunately, some of them are supremely fucked up by the translation. dude translates bullshit into "cow-dung". are you serious? i ended up almost reading the spanish more than the english.
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Born in Fuente Vaqueros, Granada, Spain, June 5,1898; died near Granada, August 19,1936, García Lorca is one of Spain's most deeply appreciated and highly revered poets and dramatists. His murder by the Nationalists at the start of the Spanish civil war brought sudden international fame, accompanied by an excess of political rhetoric which led a later generation to question his merits; after the i ...more
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