Small Hours of the Night
Selected Poems of Roque Dalton
Imprint: Curbstone Books
228 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in
- Published: September 1996
Selected from 10 of his collections and two posthumous manuscripts, Small Hours of the Night is an English-only edition of the poems of Salvadorian revolutionary Roque Dalton. Written from exile and in prison, Dalton's work deftly balances love, death, revolution, and politics, with compelling language and seductive verse. The volume includes introductory essays by Dalton's friends and contemporaries: Ernesto Cardenal, Claribel Alegría, and Hardie St. Martin.
"Finally and gloriously here are the poems of Roque Dalton, one of the most compelling Central American poets it has been my privilege to read."
"How amazing to talk of love and death in the same breath. Small Hours of the Night is a collection of seductive verse. Roque Dalton's poetry celebrates man's desire to live in this hemisphere. This man's work hits me harder than springtime."
—E. Ethelbert Miller
"[Dalton's poetry illustrates] his profound conviction that the poet can and must, in his life as in his work, serve as the finely-honed scalpel of change, both in word and deed..."