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Stones of the Sky
Pablo Neruda
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Stones of the Sky
Pablo Neruda

Translated and with an introduction by James Nolan

Bilingual edition

Originally published one year before Pablo Neruda was named recipient of the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature, Stones of the Sky presents the mature poet of sensuous detail and personal reflection in a suite of thirty love songs to the earth. This volume is an extended hymn to metamorphosis, from a molten genesis to a mineral apocalypse. Neruda, the "man of decay," addresses crystals, precious and semiprecious stones, and common rock formations as though they could answer the question "What heaven do stones have?"

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For Stones of the Sky, Pablo Neruda

"If translation is—among other things—the art of making choices, Nolan's choices are consistently caring and thoughtful."—Small Press

"Lines like these are a rarity in contemporary North American poetry, considering its self-preoccupation and allegiance to formalism. So James Nolan's translations, which match Neruda's Spanish with clear, decisive poetry in English, are particularly valuable. The poet's encounter with his crystallized self... takes on an eerie brilliance in Nolan's version ."—The Village Voice

"This slender bilingual volume redirects the Chilean's amorous, telluric, and quotidian predilections toward rocks and gems."—Library Journal

"In his last years Neruda's voice sounds close to the resonance of sky-stones, stones singing in streams, gems glowing through time... "—Beloit Poetry Journal

"... a valuable addition to Neruda's nature poetry in English translation... an excellent bilingual edition"—Choice

"... a beautifully produced bilingual edition... featuring the wonderfully mischievous and passionate poet... at the peak of his powers."—Daily Hampshire Gazette

"The translations of these... collections are authentic and heartfelt. They were made by two poets whose language skills comfortably transport them into another culture... After reading these poems, it’s hard to believe Neruda has been dead for more than 30 years. Then again, that's the beauty of poetry. It is timeless and universal."—Home News Tribune

"Stones of the Sky is... mystical: the poet loses himself in crystal and water-rounded volcanic rock and finds truth there."—Sipapu

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