Then Come Back: A Celebration of Pablo Neruda

Forrest Gander and Javier Zamora

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 7:30 pm
Folger Theatre

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Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was hailed by novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez as “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language.” This evening celebrates Neruda and the recent publication of his lost poems—poems he had composed on napkins, playbills, and notebooks—in Then Come Back. This new volume includes the poems in their original Spanish with English translations by Forrest Gander. 

Reading Neruda’s poems and poems of their own inspired by him are: award-winning poet, editor, and translator Forrest Gander and poet Javier Zamora. Gander's most recent poetry collection is Core Samples from the World.  Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US; his first collection of poetry is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. 

The post–reading conversation will be moderated by poet and translator Carlos Parada Ayala

Dessert reception to follow. Wines for the reception generously provided by the Embassy of Chile.

From Poem 16
the sky crowns you,
the ocean’s chorus
etches into stone the song
of your praises,
among spiny thorns
of the cactus, the corolla burns
the world is born again.
From the book: Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems 
by: Pablo Neruda

With the support of the Embassy of Chile.