Neruda Lost Poems Published April 2017

Neruda Lost Poems Published April 2017


‘The greatest poet of the twentieth century, in any language.’ – Gabriel García Márquez

Recently-discovered poems by the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda will be published for the first time in the UK on 27 April 2017.  Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems, translated by Forrest Gander, is published by Bloodaxe Books in the same month as the biopic Neruda by Pablo Larraín has its UK release.

Then Come Back gathers together 21 previously unknown poems that were discovered by archivists of the Neruda Foundation in Chile when they were cataloguing Neruda’s papers in 2014. The poems were written on scraps of paper, concert programmes, a menu, and in notebooks. Colour photographs of the originals are included in this dual language edition, together with detailed notes about where the poems were found and how they relate to Neruda’s published work.

The poems were written between the early 1950s and Neruda’s death in 1973. They show his mature imagination and writing at work, and include love poems, odes, anecdotes, and poems of political engagement. Translator Forrest Gander, himself a poet, writes in the Prologue about the discovery of these new poems and the process of translating them:

‘Not all of the poems are entirely finished. Some are handwritten on the backs of menus, some end in commas, some are typed up and corrected in Neruda’s hand. Movingly, this edition includes holographic reproductions: you’ll see Neruda’s handwriting, his cross-outs, his revisions. As when I first opened the lush facsimile edition of Emily Dickinson’s folded letter-poems, I found this record of the working mind of a great poet riveting.’

Darío Oses, Library & Archives Director at the Pablo Neruda Foundation, writes:

‘For their literary quality and universal importance, there is no doubt that these poems de-serve to be included among Pablo Neruda’s published works... a literary event of the first order… they allow for renewed readings, for numerous and varied reinterpretations of  Neruda’s vast body of work.’

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), Nobel Prize in Literature 1971, was born Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto in Parral, Chile. This prolific poet started publishing his poems in 1920, taking the pen name of Pablo Neruda, after his heroes Paul Verlaine and Czech poet Jan Neruda.  In 2010 Bloodaxe Books published The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems, edited by Mark Eisner, which gathered together fifty of Neruda’s key poems in new translations. Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems, translated by Forrest Gander, was published by Copper Canyon Press in the USA in 2016, and by Bloodaxe Books in the UK in April 2017.  Both these Bloodaxe publicationas are Spanish-English dual language editions.


Neruda, the critically acclaimed film by director Pablo Larraín (Jackie, No) and starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Gnecco, is released in the UK on 7 April 2017.  Click here to view Trailer.


Arena, RTE Radio 1, Friday 7 April 2017, 7-8pm

RTE Radio 1's week-nightly arts show Arena broadcast a profile of Pablo Neruda to coincide with the new biopic Neruda, a film by Pablo Larraín, which was released in the UK and Ireland on 7 April. As part of this, their contributor Jessica Traynor read and quoted from the English translations of a number of poems by Neruda, all of which are from Bloodaxe’s 2010 retrospective The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems, edited by Mark Eisner.  She read ’Twenty Love Poems: 1 Body of woman’, as well as extracts from ‘The Heights of Macchu Picchu: X Stone upon stone’ and ‘Ode to Wine’.  Bloodaxe will be publishing a book of newly-discovered Neruda poems, Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems, on 27 April.

Click here to listen


[12 April 2017]

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