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Breathing Underwater
Pablo Valdivia and Ross Woods (Translator)
Guernica Editions, Fall 2014
102 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550718799
ISBN10: 1550718797
Translated from the Spanish
$12.00 Canada, $12.00 US

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Pablo Valdivia's debut collection, Respirar bajo el agua (Breathing Underwater), stands as a conversation between a young man and the world around him. It is a collection tinged with aching nostalgia -- an emotion intensified by the often sterile images inspired by the Swedish and English backdrops in many of its poems. Fittingly, Valdivia borrows a line from Natalia Ginzburg to begin one section: “England is beautiful and melancholic.” And, with this epigraph, he succinctly describes his own poems; they are beautiful and melancholic.
WE end up meeting so many times / in silence. / Words land like birds / on your shoulders when they observe Time. / Today I only want to look at you and November.

Books by Pablo Valdivia

Breathing Underwater

Books by Ross Woods

Breathing Underwater Pondering the Weight of Being: Selected Poems (1944-2013) Portraits of Absence