Still Life with Children (Paperback)Cyrus Cassells (author)
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Publisher: Stephen F. Austin State University Press
Number of pages: 150
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Cyrus Cassells' elegant translations of the poems of Francesc Parcerisas allow us to bask in the glow of one of the great Catalan poets. Parcerisas's sensibility, in all its subtlety, sets memory and desire in a Mediterranean light. His imagery is filled with a sense of beauty, but also of delicacy and mutability, catching things as they change, alert to words and rhythms as a way of making memorable life's complexity and mystery." --Colm Toibin
"There is real wisdom in these pages. It has to do with looking. Parcerisas knows the complex and mysterious arts of perspective and Cassells sings so effortlessly in English, making of each of us "an audience for / a honey-rich buzzing of bees." In this book, one finds a kind of vision that approaches both past and present, that makes sense of the impossible confusion of our moment, for somehow there is such piercing clarity in these words, they become talismanic.
When faced with a major talent such as this one, all one can do is quote in gratitude. Luckily, even words for gratitude are well used in this book: "Thank you angel . Thank you, /demons of the night. Thank you, winter." Thank you Francesc Parcerisas and Cyrus Cassells for making poetry so clear and alive for us in this second decade of the strangest of centuries." --Ilya Kaminsky