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Today's poem is "Yesterday my sorrows"
from Border of a Dream

Copper Canyon Press

Antonio Machado (1875–1939) is Spain’s master poet, the explorer of dream and landscape, and of consciousness below language. Widely regarded as the greatest twentieth century poet who wrote in Spanish, Machado—like his contemporary Rilke—is intensely introspective and meditative.

Willis Barnstone's work has apeared in American Poetry Review, DoubleTake, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, Paris Review, Poetry, The New Yorker, and The Times Literary Supplement. His literary translations of The New Covenant: The Four Gospels and Apocalypse (Riverhead, 2002) was an April Book of the Month selection. Mr. Barnstone's books include The Gnostic Bible (Shambala, 2003), Border of a Dream: Poems of Antonio Machado (Copper Canyon, 2003), The Apocalypse (New Directions, 2002), Algebra of Night: Selected Poems 1948-1998 (Sheep Meadow, 1999), and many others.

About Border of a Dream:

"All our life is usually given over to fearing death and keeping it away from us, or rather, keeping ourselves away from it. Antonio Machado apprehended it in itself, yielded to it in large measure. Possibly, more than a man who was born, he was a man rebor."
—Juan Ramon Jimenez

"Willis Barnstone has been appointed a special angel to bring the'other' to our attention, to show how it is done. He illuminates the spirit for us and he clarifies the unclarifiable...I think he does it by beating his wings."
—Gerald Stern



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