The hands of day

by Pablo Neruda

Paper Book, 2008

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Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, c2008.

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A collection of poems by Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, that celebrates the carpenters, longshoremen, blacksmiths, and other laborers he admired.

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LibraryThing member dasam
Yet another fine translation by William O'Daly of the late work of Pablo Neruda. One can certainly hear echoes of Walt Whitman in these poems, a poet Neruda read and admired. There are many fine poems in the collection, but an overall unity is sometimes disturbed by a few poems that seem here just
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to vent spleen against those who have wronged the poet. Don't let that stop you from reading and spending some time here.

Neruda's language within even many shorter poems goes from the prosaic commonplace to sudden surreal juxtapositions. The end result is to make words new. As Neruda desired of all art,

Strike a blow of fire with your guitar,
raise it, as it burbs:
it is your flag.
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Spanish
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