I'm Speaking

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1851-5
Publication Date
August 2001
Page Count
105 pages
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 1/2

I'm Speaking

Selected Poems
Rafael Guillen

Rafael Guillén's poems paint vivid portraits of the land and people of his native Andalusia. In sharp-edged words tinged with a certain tender grief, Guillén presents the harshness and beauty of his country-the calm seashore and the violent revolutions, the wheat fields and the famine, the children and the laborers toiling under the oppressive Spanish sun. Behind the imagery and language a quiet force builds as Guillén reflects on coming of age during the Spanish Civil War and on love, life, death, and faith in modern-day Granada, Paris, and the United States.

About the Author

Rafael Guillén was born in Granada, Spain, in 1933 and still calls the city his home. His many books of poetry include La configuración de lo perdido: Antología, 1957-1995, Versos del amor cumplido: Antología 1956-1985, and Los estados transparentes. He is a major "Fifties Generation" poet, and his work has been widely translated. In 1994 he was awarded Spain's National Prize for Literature for Los estados transparentes after having been a finalist for the Critics' Prize.
"[Guillén] is an extraordinary poet of the speaking, singing voice. His poems reanimate the urgent intensities of Andalusian life and portray the tragic magnificence of human determination and perseverance. Sandy McKinney has brought this great poet into passionate, lucid American English for the first time." --Reginald Gibbons, author of Sweetbitter
"A gifted poet in her own right, McKinney has given Guillén a passionate, spare, clean, lyrical English voice. Guillén has said, 'I am after what is real, specific, concrete, alive,' and McKinney has delivered it to us, undiminished in its passage into fresh, splendid English poetry."
--Robert D. Richardson, author of Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind
"This first book-length English translation is a welcome introduction to a heretofore neglected and underrated Spanish poet." --Library Journal