Poems and Prose: A Bilingual Edition – Georg Trakl

Rating: ★★★ 15/07/17 Georg Trakl was born in Austria in 1887. He started writing poetry at a very young age, however he later decided to study pharmacy. After that, he enlisted in the army but never stopped writing. During World War I, he worked as a medical official. He witnessed the harrowing consequences of the war … More Poems and Prose: A Bilingual Edition – Georg Trakl

Luna de Enfrente: Cuaderno San Martín – Jorge Luis Borges

Rating: ★★★★ 13/16/16 Moon Across the Way (1925) and San Martín Copybook (1929) are the last two books that complete the poetic trilogy Borges had started with Fervor of Buenos Aires (1923). There is a particular, tangible atmosphere that acts as a bond among those three collections, one that goes beyond the lyrical tone and elegance … More Luna de Enfrente: Cuaderno San Martín – Jorge Luis Borges

Gitanjali or Song Offerings: Introduced by W. B. Yeats – Rabindranath Tagore

Rating: ★★★ 06/05/17 It is the pang of separation It is the pang of separation that spreads throughout the world and gives birth to shapes innumerable in the infinite sky. It is this sorrow of separation that gazes in silence all night from star to star and becomes lyric among rustling leaves in rainy darkness of … More Gitanjali or Song Offerings: Introduced by W. B. Yeats – Rabindranath Tagore

Miyazawa Kenji: Selections – Kenji Miyazawa

Rating: ★★★ 13/04/17 I said, “The evening sun the color of ancient gold,” and your eyes reproach me: Why seize on despicable gold to compare to this solemn evening sun? The family of Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933) practiced Pure Land Buddhism, a prominent branch of Mahayana Buddhism. In 1915, the poet shook the foundations of their relative’s … More Miyazawa Kenji: Selections – Kenji Miyazawa

The Book of Images – Rainer Maria Rilke

Rating: ★★★★ 28/04/17 I would like to step out of my heart’s door and be under the great sky. — Rilke, “Lament” A myriad of shades, a plethora of images, the juxtaposition of sentiments which soothe and unsettle. A miscellany of visuals and existential hues. A mélange of nuances and distinctive sounds. A sense of clarity with … More The Book of Images – Rainer Maria Rilke

Poemas y sonetos – Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Rating: ★★★★ 27/02/17 Women and books are not every man’s best friends  . Juana Inés de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillana. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Sister Joan Agnes of the Cross. The Tenth Muse. The illegitimate child. The self-taught scholar. She was born in San Miguel Nepantla, near Mexico City, which was part of the Spanish … More Poemas y sonetos – Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Un Signo en tu Sombra – Alejandra Pizarnik

Rating: ★★★ 22/02/17 Buenos Aires, 1955. The romanticism of youth? The sentimental noise, the affectionate supplication. A woman desperately, constantly asking for something, waiting. One’s voice is not enough.  . Buenos Aires, 2017. A poem redolent of untamed ardor made my pride feel awkward. Words from which desperation emanates. No, nothing will be begged.  . Uncertainty … More Un Signo en tu Sombra – Alejandra Pizarnik

The Luminous Landscape: Chinese Art and Poetry – Richard Lewis (Editor)

Rating: ★★★★ 22/01/17 Autumn is beginning, the weather is turning chill. Crickets move in to sing under my bed. A thousand things surge into my mind And grieve my heart. A thousand tales search for words; But to whom will they be told? Ruan Ji (210–263) Shen Quan, “Birds and Flowers – Dragonfly on Wisteria” This … More The Luminous Landscape: Chinese Art and Poetry – Richard Lewis (Editor)