Long-lost poems by the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda are finally being translated into English, nearly 60 years after the earliest was written. The English versions of the poems will be published by Copper Canyon, a non-profit press that has also published 10 other collections of Neruda’s work. The title of the book is Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda. Poet and novelist Forrest Gander will handle the work of translating the poems.
The poems were discovered last June by archivists looking through boxes at the Pablo Neruda Foundation in Santiago, Chile. The collection is a treasure trove of never-before-seen Neruda poems, including love poems, which he was best known for. The oldest poem in the collection dates back to 1956. The poems were published in Spanish shortly after their discovery, but it has taken some time to get an English translation in the works.
Copper Canyon’s non-profit nature has made raising the funds for this new collection difficult. The press acquired the poems from Neruda’s estate and hired the translator with money it raised from its own board, and are now turning to poetry fans to crowd-fund the $100,000 they need to produce and print the book. Assuming they can raise the funds, the book will be published in April 2016.
Pablo Neruda was Chile’s greatest poet. He won the Nobel Prize in 1971, just a couple of years before his death.
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