Simple Verses is the first complete English translation of the classic collection Versos sencillos, written by the Cuban poet José Martí (1853-1895) in the United States during his year of exile and revolutionary struggle. This great political and literary figure of the nineteenth century has been one of the most influential men in all the Americas. A spiritual autobiography, Simple Verses captures in each poem an experience, a feeling or a moment that formed the poet and the man. The poet, the solider, the troubadour, the legislator, the search for the truth, the enraptured and the disenchanted lover, the defender of poetry and it’s transformers, the genius and the man-all alternate in the modulated and musical flow like life itself, which it embodies.
by José Martí
Publication Date: October 1, 1997
Bind: Trade Paperback
Included in the 1999-2000 Houston Area Independent School Library Network Recommended Reading List
“Tellechea’s excellent translation and introduction bring Martí to life… Recommended.”
“The fruit of [Tellechea’s] 20-year effort is a nicely-textured set of verses, a work that is more an interpretation of Martí’s essence than a strict literal translation.”
—The Miami Herald