Louis Bourne is a poet and Professor Emeritus of Spanish; Georgia College & State University. He will publish the first translation of Robert Bly’s poetry in Spanish in Madrid in spring 2019.
In this overdue, welcome first collection of poems in English by Louis Bourne, who has given so much time and talent to translating other poets’ work, the reader enters the end of the poet’s university days as he takes up a language teacher’s life only to find the stuff of memorable poetry, a mature voice dealing with people and places in Spain where the poet still lives a third of each year. Poems on the natural world, social history, love loss and loss of loved one lead to universal themes, the full circle of several lives. This collection can boast many poems of such a standard they will be durable as the landscapes he explores.
̶ John Liddy, Irish poet based in Madrid, co-founding editor with Jim Burke of the long-running journal The Stony Thursday Book