New and Selected Poems
The most comprehensive selection of poems in English by Latin America’s legendary poet-activist, Ernesto Cardenal.
Praise For Pluriverse: New and Selected Poems…
— Richard Rayner
We were helped along, not to say spurred along, by the poetry of Ernesto Cardenal.
— Roberto Bolaño
Cardenal shows his rarest talent—the ability to love and be angry in one perfectly formed phrase.
— George Wallace
Readers of English, thank your gods: the breadth of Ernesto Cardenal’s amazing poetic career is now available for your consumption thanks to New Directions and the recently published Pluriverse. Spanning fifty-six years, the book presents Cardenal in all his guises: revolutionary, spiritualist, chronicler of man’s inhumanity to man, chilling visionary, and cosmic quasi-historian. The poems in this collection are often long, deceptively assessable, and quite dazzling.
— Vincent Francone
Highly recommended for all libraries and could be used as a text for courses in multicultural and ethnic studies.
— Alva V. Cellini
Ernesto Cardenal is a major epic-historical poet, in the grand lineage of Central American prophet Rubén Darío.
— Allen Ginsberg
A worthy tribute to this living legend. The diversity of the work serves to enhance the overall experience.
— Joseph D. Haske
When Father Cardenal focuses upon Nicaragua as a land and a people, the detailed pictures he paints express passionate devotion.
— David Gibson
New Directions, 9780811218092, 272pp.
Publication Date: January 29, 2009
About the Author
Jonathan Cohen is the editor and compiler of William Carlos Williams’ By Word of Mouth: Poems from the Spanish,1916–1959 and editor and translator of Ernesto Cardenal’s Pluriverse: New and Selected Poems, both published recently by New Directions.
In 1953 Lawrence Ferlinghetti cofounded City Lights, the first paperback bookstore in the United States, a Mecca for millions. His Coney Island of the Mind is one of the best-selling volumes of poetry by any living American poet. Born in Yonkers, New York, in 1919, Ferlinghetti has received the Robert Frost Memorial Medal and the first Literarian Award of the National Book Foundation.