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The Translator's Diary
Jon Pineda



Green Rose Series

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2008 • 57 pp. 6 x 9 3/4"
Poetry

$14.00 Paperback, 978-1-930974-75-3



“Jon Pineda’s The Translator’s Diary demonstrates the sort of tenderness which made Nick Flynn’s Some Ether such a successful project. One section flows seamlessly into... [continued in Reviews below]”—Todd Mercer, ForeWord Reviews

Reviews / Endorsements

“Jon Pineda’s The Translator’s Diary demonstrates the sort of tenderness which made Nick Flynn’s Some Ether such a successful project. One section flows seamlessly into the next, together forming a spare cycle around the untimely death of the speaker’s teenage sister. Pineda captures confused reactions to limited information and quietly breaks hearts with a girl’s last conscious moments during an accident. 'She finds the waves have moved inland, / spilling over the road and filling the car. // Where glass becomes pieces of ocean, / the void carries them away.' Pineda knows not just pain, but joy and peace as well. He points out in 'Cleared Fields,' there is little point in wringing one’s hands after the fact: 'There is no turning back. / There never was.'”—Todd Mercer, ForeWord Reviews

“Grappling with loss, memory, and absence as palpable presence, Jon Pineda laments the ways ‘what is whole is momentary’ while finding solace in images—‘always temporal and yet always.’ The Translator’s Diary reminds us that one of poetry’s necessary functions is translation—of literal experience and abstract emotion, the personal and shared. With beautiful formal precision, Pineda moves skillfully from couplets to sonnets to lyric sequence, carefully ‘pressing syllables against the dark’ in this timeless, poignant volume.”—Claudia Emerson

Awards/Recognition:

Winner of the Green Rose Prize (2007)


JON PINEDA'S first collection Birthmark was selected by Ralph Burns as winner of the 2003 Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition. His memoir, Sleep in Me, was selected for the Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" series. The recipient of a Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, he teaches in the English Department at Old Dominion University and in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia with his wife, Amy, and their two children.



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