Publisher description for Border of a dream : selected poems / Antonio Machado ; translation [and] introduction, Willis Barnstone ; foreword, John Dos Passos ; reminiscence, Juan Ram‚on Jim‚enez.

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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.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Machado, Antonio, 1875-1939 Translations into English