City of Memory and Other Poems
City of Memory and Other Poems
Translated by David Lauer, Cynthia Steele

The leading poet of his generation, Jose Emilio Pacheco is one of Mexico's most esteemed and beloved writers. City of Memory and Other Poems presents two of his finest poetry collections, accompanied by beautifully rendered translations.

The first, "City of Memory," touches on Pacheco's major literary obsessions: the destructive effects of time; the essential egotism and cruelty of the natural world, with humankind at its violent center; and the capacity of the human spirit to achieve transcendence. The second, "I watch the Earth," is an emotional catharsis, the poet's mediation on the tragic earthquake that devastated his native Mexico City in 1985. Together, these poems paint a vivid picture of the noble beauty and uncontrollable tragedy that is Mexico-and the world-today.

Praise for City of Memory and Other Poems:

"One of Mexico's foremost writers, Pacheco (b. 1939) divides his time between the University of Maryland and Mexico's National Institute of History and Anthropology. His poetic voice is straightforward and epigrammatic ("No beauty can match/ the leaf as it withers and falls to the earth") and his style spare and clean." —Book Verdict

"There is simply no kind of poem Pacheco did not write: lyrics, lyric sequences, narratives, philosophical verse, satires—all humble and humbling in their directness and lack of both theoretical jargon and political cant."—Joseph Hutchison

Title City of Memory and Other Poems
Translated by David Lauer, Cynthia Steele
Language Spanish
Publisher City Lights Publishers
BISAC Subject Heading POE000000 POETRY
Title First Published 01 April 1997
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 200 p.
ISBN-10 0872863247
ISBN-13 9780872863248
Publication Date 01 April 1997
Main content page count 200
Dimensions 5 x 8 in.
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $10.95

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