This little gem, packaged anew in New Directions Pearls collection, is a must for anyone who writes, creates, or who is interested in where the best art comes from. Lorca's short essay collection on the duende, or deep song, calls on the darkest part of a writer, in effect coming "face to face with death" to create true art. The essays are intermixed with several of Lorca's poems, serving as examples of his own search for duende. A wise poetry professor in graduate school told me to buy this book and keep it with me always. My copy is already so worn and marked up, I'll probably have to keep buying it again and again.
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