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Federico García Lorca

(5 June 1898 – 19 August 1936 / Fuente Vaqueros)

Quotations

  • ''The only things that the United States has given to the world are skyscrapers, jazz, and cocktails. That is all. And in Cuba, in our America, they make much better cocktails.''
    Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), Spanish poet, playwright. Interview, 1933; published in Obras Completas, vol. 3 (1986). Quoted in Poet in New York, introduction (1940, trans. 1988).
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  • ''In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world.''
    Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), Spanish poet, playwright. "The Duende: Theory and Divertissement, Appendix 6," Poet in New York (1940).
  • ''To see you naked is to recall the Earth.''
    Federico García Lorca (1899-1936), Spanish poet, playwright. Casida de la Mujer Tendida.
  • ''New York is something awful, something monstrous. I like to walk the streets, lost, but I recognize that New York is the world's greatest lie. New York is Senegal with machines.''
    Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), Spanish poet, playwright. Interview, 1931, also published in: Obras Completas, vol. 3 (1986). Quoted in Poet in New York, introduction (1940, trans. 1988).
  • ''Besides black art, there is only automation and mechanization.''
    Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), Spanish poet, playwright. Interview, 1936, published in Obras Completas, vol. 3 (1986). Quoted in Poet in New York, introduction (1940, trans. 1988).

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Ballad of the Moon

translated by Will Kirkland

The moon came into the forge
in her bustle of flowering nard.
The little boy stares at her, stares.
The boy is staring hard.
In the shaken air
the moon moves her amrs,
and shows lubricious and pure,

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