Gonzalo Melchor

Gonzalo Melchor’s translations and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Asymptote, MPT, Poetry, Poetry London, Poetry Review and the TLS.

Five Poems of Ángel González

Ángel González (1925-2008) was a member of the so-called Spanish Generation of 1950 – perhaps its most celebrated exponent. Having grown up during the Civil War and in Franco’s ensuing dictatorship, González, in his own words, ‘learnt very early on to protest in whispers, to curse inwardly and to speak ambiguously, very little and always of other things – that is to say, to use irony, metaphor, metonymy and reticence,’ all of which are trademarks of his dark, humorous and incisive poems.

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