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Consummation Cover

Cover design by Kerrie Kemperman from a drawing of Vicente Aleixandre, Madrid, 1976, by Hollis deLancey.

Vicente Aleixandre (1898-1984), one of Spain’s leading twentieth-century poets and the 1977 Nobel laureate in literature, published Poemas de la consumación in 1968, at the age of seventy.  The book, translated into English for the first time in its entirety by Stephen Kessler and published by Black Widow Press, is a lyrical and metaphysical investigation into the mysteries of youth, sex, memory, old age, death, and oblivion.

It Doesn't Know

Youth doesn’t know, and that’s why it lasts, and continues.
What’s your hurry?  And the wind blows, sweeping along
the swift who almost spin and go on, go windswept,
lightly over the sea: feet skimming spray.

Life.  Life is being young and nothing else.  Listen,
listen . . .  But the silent sound
doesn’t denounce itself
except on the lips of the young.
They hear it in kisses.  Only they,
in their slim hearing,
can, or listen.
Red kissed pulp they pronounce.

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