Today's poem is "Watching People Walk Along"
from Dark Times Filled with Light

Open Letter

Juan Gelman is one of the most read and influential poets in the Spanish language, as well as a noted political activist and critical journalist. Among his most recent awards are the Juan Rulfo Prize in Latin American and Caribbean Literature (Mexico, 2000), the Pablo Neruda Prize (Chile, 2005), and the Cervantes Prize (Spain, 2007).

Hardie St. Martin was a master translator. In his long and distinguished career as an editor and translator, Hardie translated work by Pablo Neruda, Vincente Aleixandre, Roque Dalton, Enrique Lihn, Nicanor Parra, and Luisa Valenzuela, among others. He was the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim fellowship in 1965, and a P.E.N. International Translation Award and an ALTA award for excellence in editing and translation. His anthology of Spanish poetry, Roots and Wings (1975), is still considered a literary landmark. St. Martin died in Barcelona in 2007.

Books by Juan Gelman:

Other poems on the web by Juan Gelman:
Four poems

Juan Gelman According to Wikipedia.

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