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Honey and Poison: Selected Poems

Pedro Tamen

Translated by Richard Zimler

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ISBN: 978 1 857545 40 1
Categories: Portuguese
Imprint: Aspects of Portugal
Published: September 2001
198 x 126 x 5 mm
80 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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    For the bee I have no solution
    that the bee itself doesn't have:
    honey and poison.

    from 'From Within Moments'
    Honey and Poison is the first comprehensive selection in English of the poetry of
    one of Portugal's finest contemporary writers. Condensed and intimate, sometimes slyly
    secretive, these poems are measured by moments of revelation, love, wit and most
    particularly passion. They also have a captivating sense of history and place,
    reflecting the land and the emotions of a country that has moved from dictatorship to
    democracy over the last three decades. A Portuguese critic, reflecting on Tamen's place
    in the canon, recently observed that he writes 'with a humour and expressiveness
    reminiscent of the greatest poets of Portuguese literature'.

    PEDRO TAMEN was born in Lisbon in 1934. He studied Law at the the University of Lisbon and
    has worked as a teacher, publisher, editor and journalist. He was President of the
    Portuguese P.E.N. Club and from 1975 until 2000 was a trustee of the Calouste Gulbenkian
    Foundation in Lisbon. He is author of twenty books of poetry, and his poems have been
    translated into ten languages. He has translated many works of foreign literature past and
    present.

    RICHARD ZIMLER, better known as a novelist, has translated a number of Portuguese poets
    into English, including Al Berto (The Secret Life of Images). His translations have
    featured in London Magazine, Literary Review, Puerto del Sol and
    elsewhere.
    Pedro Tamen
    PEDRO TAMEN was born in Lisbon in 1934. He studied Law at the the University of Lisbon and has worked as a teacher, publisher, editor and journalist. He was President of the Portuguese P.E.N. Club (1987-1990) and from 1975 until 2000 he was a trustee of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in ... read more
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