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Poetry Path: Federico García Lorca

Federico García Lorca, from “Dreamwalking Ballad,” tr. Sarah Arvio

Federico Garcia Lorca

Frederico García Lorca was born in 1898 in Fuentos Vaqueros, Spain. Lorca became involved in a group of avant-garde artists known as Generación del 27, which introduced Lorca to surrealism. He would later travel to the United States, where he wrote the celebrated surrealist collection Poeta en Nueva York (Editorial Losada, published posthumously in 1942). Upon returning to Spain, Lorca co-founded La Barraca, a theater company. He was outspoken about his leftist views and homosexuality. He was captured and killed by fascist forces in 1936.


Photo by Daniel Terna

Photo by Daniel Terna

“Dreamwalking Ballad” from Poet in Spain by Frederico García Lorca – New Translations by Sarah Arvio, copyright © 2017 by Sarah Arvio (translation, selection, introduction and notes). Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

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