-The most important poet of the twentieth century--in any language.---Gabriel Garcia Marquez-'The Heights of Macchu Picchu' is a poem of ascension. . . . In its final passages, Neruda's poetry jumps from a personal hope to a global one; from a poetry dealing with the poet's heart to a poetry centered on humanity's struggles.---BBC-The Heights of Machu Picchu- has been called Pablo Neruda's greatest contribution to poetry--a search for the -indestructible, imperishable life- in all things. Inspired by his journey to the ancient ruins, Neruda calls the lost Incan civilization to -rise up and be born, - and also empowers the people of his time. This new translation by poet Tomas Q. Morin includes an introduction by Morin and Neruda's Spanish original.I stare at the clothes and hands, the carvings of water in a sorous hollow, the wall rubbed smooth by the touch of a facethat with my eyes gazed at the earthly lights, that with my hands oiled the vanishedplanks: because everything, clothes, skin, dishes, words, wine, breads, went away, fell to the earth.Pablo Neruda (1904-73), one of the world's most beloved poets, was also a diplomat and member of the Chilean Senate. In 1970 he was appointed as Chile's ambassador to France; in 1971 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.Tomas Q. Morin is a poet and translator and teaches at Texas State University.
Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) held diplomatic posts in Asian and European countries. After joining the Communist Party, Neruda was elected to the Chilean Senate but was forced to live in exile in Mexico for several years. Eventually he established a permanent home on Isla Negra. In 1970 he was appointed as Chile's ambassador to France; in 1971 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Tomas Q. Morin: Tomas Q. Morin was born in Texas and educated at Texas State University and Johns Hopkins University. He is the recipient of scholarships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the New York State Summer Writers Institute. His debut volume of poetry, A Larger Country, won the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. He lives in San Marcos, Texas, and teaches at Texas State University.