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Airborn/Hijos del Aire

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A bilingual sequence of sonnets written jointly by the Mexican poet and 1993 Nobel Prize Winner Octavio Paz and his fellow poet and translator Charles Tomlinson.
Paperback, 29 pages
Published January 1st 1981 by Anvil Books
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Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, octavio-paz
Days that haunt the poem’s single day
are like the air revisiting this house
of vocables that you and I designed:
its windows watch an ocean and a sky

to learn what portion of the other’s mind
the jet-trails presage: letters are stones that fly
to settle in a wall of which the line
traces an hour, a where, a place of thought.

What is more palpable, the thing we saw
or the images its recollection brought
into the mind to ask us what we are?
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Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book contains Spanish and English versions of two poems of four stanzas each created in a bilingual collaborative effort, mailed between them by post. The introductions by the two poets contributed to my appreciation of their verse. The first poem, "House", evoked in me some heavy thinking regarding the manifestation of the interplay between time and place in the physical existence of a house, and the further place/time significance that comes from personal expectations and memories associa ...more
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Octavio Paz Lozano 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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