Alba Cid wins Spanish National Poetry Prize

Copyright: Loli FernandezWe are delighted to announce that Alba Cid, our last Lector in Galician, has won the 2020 Spanish National Poetry Prize for young poets. Alba, who is back in Galicia, says: 

“Receiving ‘Miguel Hernández’ National Young Poetry Prize 2020 was a real honour, not only at a personal level, but also for shedding light on a poetry book originally written in Galician. Atlas, first published in 2019 (Editorial Galaxia), was my first poetry book. I began writing these natural history poems captivated by plants, etymologies, near and distant cultural practices and languages, and I agree with the jury, that highlighted the logic of wonder and stated that ‘It is poetry of both knowledge and emotion, and presents a new cartography in which the map of the body merges with that of the planet, memory and the enigma’. Atlas is now in its third printing, and Galician poetry, with a rich historical tradition, seems to be quite visible again.”

Here are a few translations into English, from the Kenyon Review online, from the Academy of American Poets and from Asymptote.

Please see here for more information about the National Poetry Prize.

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