Today's poem is "Star in Daylight"
from The Hands of Day
Copper Canyon Press
Pablo Neruda was born Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto in Parral, Chile, in 1904. He served as consul in Burma and held diplomatic posts in various East Asian and European countries. In 1945, a few years after he joined the Communist Party, Neruda was elected to the Chilean Senate. Shortly thereafter, when Chile's political climate took a sudden turn to the right, Neruda fled to Mexico and lived as an exile for several years. He later established a permanent home at Isla Negra. In 1970 he was appointed Chile's ambassador to France, and in 1977 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Pablo Neruda died in 1973.
William O'Daly has previously published six books of the late and posthumous poetry of Pablo Neruda with Copper Canyon Press, as well as a chapbook of his own poems, The Whale in the Web. His eighth Neruda translation, World's End (Fin de Mundo, 1969) is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in late 2008. O'Daly was a finalist for the 2006 Quill Award in Poetry for Still Another Day, the first book of his Neruda series. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, he has worked as a literary and technical editor, a college professor, and an instructional designer, and his poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies. With co-author Han-ping Chin, he recently completed a historical novel, This Earthly Life, set during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. O'Daly lives with his wife and daughter in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California.
Books by Pablo Neruda and translated by William O'Daly: The Hands of Day, The Separate Rose, Still Another Day, Book of Questions
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