In The Translator's Diary
, where truth 'never survives its translation,' Jon Pineda composes a haunting elegy. His keen attention journeys through absence and presence, fragmentation and loss in memorable, riveting language. --Arthur SzeThe 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, author of Late Wife
The poems of Jon Pineda have something of the quiet grace and lyric precision of James Wright--Pineda possesses a similar ability to wrest celebration from the elgiac, and stasis from turbulence. --David Wojahn
About the Author
Jon Pineda's first collection Birthmark was selected by Ralph Burns as winner of the 2003 Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition. 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.