After Lorca

Category: Book
Preface By: Gizzi, Peter
By (author): Spicer, Jack
Series: Nyrb Poets
Subject:  POETRY / American / General
  POETRY / General
  POETRY / Subjects & Themes / General
Publisher: New York Review Books
Published: May 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 7.00in x 4.50in
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From The Publisher*Out of print for decades, this is the legendary American poet's tribute to Federico García Lorca, including translations of the great Spanish poet's work.

"Frankly I was quite surprised when Mr. Spicer asked me to write the introduction to this volume," writes the long-dead Spanish poet at the start of After Lorca, Jack Spicer's first book and one that, since it first appeared in 1957, has continued to exert an immense influence on poetry in America and throughout the world. "It must be made clear at the start that these poems are not translations," Lorca continues. "In even the most literal of them, Mr. Spicer seems to derive pleasure in inserting or substituting one or two words which completely change the mood and often the meaning of the poem as I have written it. More often he takes one of my poems and adjoins to half of it another of his own, giving an effect rather like an unwilling centaur. (Modesty forbids me to speculate which end of the animal is mine.) Finally there are an almost equal number of poems that I did not write at all (one supposes that they must be his)."
Biographical NoteJack Spicer (1925–1965) was a poet and linguist born in Los Angeles, California. At college in Berkeley he formed an alliance with fellow gay poets Robin Blaser and Robert Duncan and later became a key figure of the poetry scene in San Francisco, where he helped found the Six Gallery where the Beat movement began. Spicer, however, stood apart from the movement and resisted widespread publication of his work. He believed poetry was deeply intertwined with magic and the occult, seeing the poet as a conduit for otherworldly messages. He died of alcohol poisoning in the poverty ward of San Francisco General Hospital. 

Peter Gizzi is the author of several poetry collections, including Threshold Songs, The Outernationale, and Archeophonics, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has served as the poetry editor for The Nation and teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.