venture of the infinite man
Translated by Jessica Powell
Introduction by Mark Eisner
Times Literary Supplement
"[venture] is arresting for the images it conjures up. . . . a collection full of drive and rhythmic energy. . . . Here, in deft versions by Jessica Powell, a new addition to the roster of translators of Neruda into English, the poems appear with the English first and then the Spanish at the back, with identical pagination. As the [venture] is a breathless rush, this makes sense, not interrupting the surge of Neruda's poetic journey into the night."––Ben Bollig
Reading in Translation
Powell's translation is monumental, as much for its fearlessness as for its grace and beauty. For nearly a century, translators avoided the work, as Neruda's determination to break through poetic and grammatical forms to achieve a higher consciousness produced an aesthetic that was bewildering even to native Spanish speakers. . . . The translator approaches this work with an absolute willingness to give herself over to its strangeness, and a determination to allow Neruda’s emerging voice to speak for itself."––Arielle Avraham
Pacific Rim Review of Books
"venture of the infinite man obviously played a significant role in [Pablo Neruda's] accomplishments. The book also beckons other poets do what Neruda did: indulge in fearless experimentation at some stage of your poetic journey. Sooner the better."––Ajmer Rode
"This new City Lights edition also includes the text in Spanish as well. Neruda exclaims: 'if you call to me storm you thunder as distant as a train.' Despite how opaque the text can seem, Neruda's lyrical language and vivid imagery make this book a keeper."––Mike Sonksen
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"This book should not have been kept out of the light … Catch up then, Poetry Lover, in your reading by checking out this book which was so important to Neruda himself. City Lights' edition is wonderfully designed and also provides the service of offering the poem in its original Spanish."—Eileen Tabios