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Antonio Machado (1875–1939) is Spain’s master poet, the explorer of dream and landscape, and of consciousness below language. Widely regarded as the greatest twentieth century poet who wrote in Spanish, Machado—like his contemporary Rilke—is intensely introspective and meditative. In this collection, the unparalleled translator Willis Barnstone, returns to the poet with whom he first started his distinguished career, offering a new bilingual edition which provides a sweeping assessment of Machado’s work. In addition, Border of a Dream includes a reminiscence by Nobel Laureate Juan Ramon Jimenez and a foreword by John Dos Passos.
from "Proverbs and Songs"
Absolute faith. We neither are nor will be.
Our whole life is borrowed
We brought nothing. With nothing we leave.
You say nothing is created?
Don’t worry. With clay
of the earth make a cup
so your brother can drink.