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The work of Federico Garcia Lorca, Spain's greatest modern poet, has long been admired for its emotional intensity and metaphorical brilliance. Few poets take us more directly and memorably to what Lorca described as "the dark root of the scream, " the terrain of the duende, where inspiration delivers a new poetic reality and "intelligence" discovers its limitations. For m ...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published January 31st 1996 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What do you want from me, Dream,
that you won’t let me be?
At the rise of the moon
the sea overspreads the land
and the heart feels like an island
in the infinite.
Day, what a hard time I have
letting you leave.
you go off filled with me.
You return and don’t know me.
What a hard time I have
leaving in your bosom
possible concretions
of impossible minutes.
what a hard time I have
bearing you with your birds
and your windy arms.

But my love goes on seeking
pure madness of breeze and trill.
Nov 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, translation
the silence

listen, my child, to the silence.
an undulating silence,
a silence
that turns valleys and echoes slippery,
bends foreheads
toward the ground.

the six strings

the guitar
makes dreams weep.
the sobs of lost
escape through its round
and like the tarantula
it weaves a large star
to trap the sighs
floating in its black
wooden cistern.
Feb 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poesy

Beautiful poetry. What else is there to say?

selections from his different stages of work and an excellent overview of his entire career. This book was constant go-to during my highschool years. i once read one of the Tamarit Divan poems in public in a church and blew myself away. I hadn't noticed its power until I got up there and started speaking with the rythmn he generated.


I was led to "Poet In New York" (supposed to be an oxymoron- not so!) after this and wasn't dissapointed.

Aug 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite poem...

El remanso de aire
bajo la rama del eco.

El remanso del aguaa
bajo fronda de luceros.

El remanso de tu boca
bajo espesura de besos.
Apr 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first encounter with Lorca's poetry was as a Junior in high school while doing a research assignment for my Spanish 2 class. At the time i was only mildly interested in poetry and I certainly didn't know who Lorca was. After reading a few of his poems I fell in love with his work. He wrote the way I had always hoped to, and I went out the next week and bought a book of his poetry (this one). It is obvious that he sees the world in metaphor and that you as a reader are simply along for the 'dr ...more
Truly a mystic, Federico Garcia Lorca is just one of the reasons that I can't get enough of 1920-1950's Spanish-language poetry. However the same thing that makes him a master-- his strange, bizarre imagery-- can also hold him back, forcing the reader to sludge through a mountain of poetic decoration and shroud. But the few gold nuggets that you run across in this book are filled with beauty and definitly worth the search.
Michelle M
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Pretty incredible collection of poems. Lorca uses elements of nature particularly the moon which I absolutely loved. What made this book great is that the left hand was in Spanish and the right side pages were in translated English which made some of the English versions sound off. Being able to read the Spanish version made it clear why and I definitely recommend glancing over or even reading the Spanish in conjunction with the English to get the full effect of his poems.
Jeff Downer
Aug 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i love when he goes to new york and goes absolutely mad!
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Federico Garcia Lorca, on his birthday June 5
“The artist, and particularly the poet, is always an anarchist in the best sense of the word. He must heed only the call that arises within him from three strong voices: the voice of death, with all its foreboding, the voice of love and the voice of art.”
― Federico García Lorca

Poems charged with dark energies, dreams, mysteries, a strange and personal symbolism, a guerrilla theatre of resistence, songs of death and tragic passion, and all beautiful
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A movie re Mr Lorca’s life (Death in Granada) got me to read his poetry .... Andy Garcia btw gave an excellent (partial) reading of the “Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias” .... and led me to conclude that like Shakespeare’s plays some literature must be heard outloud. And so i digress - but it is why I began to read Lorca’s work (Hey, any port in a storm....). The poems are amazing. I don’t pretend to appreciate it all, but WOW! It has been 25 years or so, and i still reread Engravings of the Ga ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: verse
La Virgen y San José
perdieron sus castañuelas,
y buscan a los gitanos
para ver si las encuentran.
La Virgen viene vestida
con un traje de alcaldesa
de papel de chocolate
con los collares de almendras.
San José mueve los brazos
bajo una capa de seda.
Detrás va Pedro Domecq
con tres sultanes de Persia.
La media luna soñaba
un éxtasis de cigueña.
Estandartes y faroles
invaden las azotea.
Por los espejos sollozan
bailarinas sin caderas.
Agua y sombra, sombra y agua
por Jerez de la Frontera.
Oct 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Just beautiful.

I like that this version captures poetry from several eras of Lorca's career, rather than just the Andalusian or New York years.
Sean Gianni
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing gay poet! There's at least one poem in here for the down trodden queer youth
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Did not care for the English translations. I found them to be not quite in the proper spirit of the Spanish; however, this is not say that they were incorrect. I simply found them not on point.
Susanna-Cole King
Jan 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, poetry
One of my favorite poets. His metaphors make my jaw slacken, and my mind wish, wish, wish they had dripped from my pen.
Aug 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish, poetry
Canciones are some of my favorite poems of Lorca's but all time favorite is Romance sonambulo (Best translation is not actually in the book but is "Walking Asleep" translated by Rolfe Humphries)
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Because all things must eventually return to the library.

Someday I will just cave and buy a copy for myself.
Victor Vilchiz
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Some of the works selected are good... others I would had selected different ones. As far as the English translation... I'll stick to the original work.
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Federico Garcia Lorca is an incredible poet and playwright. His life is transferred to his literary works; so much drama, pain, and unrequited love.
Vladimir  Artavia
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
Great use of figurative language and metaphor. Panoramic word choice. Must-read for any aspiring writer or poet. The Spanish on the opposite page is more than convenient.
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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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“In the green morning
I wanted to be a heart.
A heart.

And in the ripe evening
I wanted to be a nightingale.
A nightingale.

turn orange-colored.
turn the color of love.)

In the vivid morning
I wanted to be myself.
A heart.

And at the evening's end
I wanted to be my voice.
A nightingale.

turn orange-colored.
turn the color of love.

- Ditty of First Desire
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