Poet in New York by Frederico Garcia Lorca
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“The definitive version of Lorca’s masterpiece, in language that is as alive and molten today as was the original.”—John Ashbery

Newly translated for the first time in ten years, Federico García Lorca’s Poet in New York is an astonishing depiction of a tumultuous metropolis that changed the course of poetic expression in both Spain and the Americas. Written during Lorca’s nine months at Columbia University at the beginning of the Great Depression, Poet in New York is widely considered one of the most important books Lorca produced. This influential collection portrays a New York City populated with poverty, racism, social turbulence, and solitude—a New York intoxicating in its vitality and beauty. After the tragedy of September 11, 2001, poets Pablo Medina and Mark Statman were struck by how closely this seventy-year-old work spoke to the atmosphere of New York. They were compelled to create a new English version using a contemporary poet’s eye, which upholds Lorca’s surrealistic technique, mesmerizing complexity, and fierce emotion unlike any other translation to date. A defining work of modern literature, Poet in New York is a thrilling exposition of one American city that continues to change our perspective on the world around us.

About Frederico Garcia Lorca

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Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca was born in a small town west of Granada, Spain, on June 5, 1898. He was believed to be assassinated by an anti-communist death squad during the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. In 2008 a Spanish judge opened an investigation into Lorca's death. There was an attempt to excavate an area where he was thought to be buried in a mass grave, but neither his body nor anyone else was found at the site. Lorca wrote many poems and plays and is remmebered as one of the greatest authors of Spain. His monuments are found in Granada and Madrid. Franco's regime placed a ban on Lorca's work and this was not lifted until 1953. It was not until Franco died that Lorca's work could be openly discussed in Spain. His major works include Yerma, Bodas de Sangre and La Casa de Bernarda Alba. Pablo Medina's poetry has been called "exuberant," "provocative," and "nothing short of linguistic mastery." Born in Big Banana Havana, Medina grew up in Big Apple New York. Fruit, he loves fruit. He longs for Big Papaya, pink and juicy, of which he can't get enough. He is also a novelist, translator, and essayist. His books of poetry include THE MAN WHO WROTE ON WATER (Hanging Loose Press, 2011), THE FLOATING ISLAND (White Pine Press, 1999), and ARCHING INTO THE AFTERLIFE (Bilingual Review Press, 1991). Medina lives in Boston, in an exile surrounded by icicles, and is on the faculty at Emerson College and Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. TOURIST AT A MIRACLE is Mark Statman's first full collection of poetry. His poems, translations, and criticism have appeared in many anthologies and in such publications as American Poetry Review, THE HAT, HANGING LOOSE, Tin House, and Florida Review. His translation of Federico Garcia Lorca's Poet in New York (with Pablo Medina) has been widely praised; John Ashbery called it "the definitive version." He is also the author of LISTENER IN THE SNOW: THE PRACTICE AND TEACHING OF POETRY (Kenneth Koch said teaching poetry may never be the same again); THE ALPHABET OF THE TREES: A GUIDE TO NATURE WRITING (with Christian McEwen); and The Red Skyline: Poems, A Chapbook. His awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Statman is an associate professor of Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College of The New School and also taught for many years for Teachers & Writers Collaborative. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Katherine, and their son, Jesse.
Published January 15, 2008 by Grove Press. 209 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Federico García Lorca spun a brief stay in New York into entrancingly musical Surrealist poetry.

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