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Of all the poets represented in "A SALUTE TO SPANISH POETRY: 100 MASTERPIECES FROM SPAIN AND LATIN AMERICA RENDERED INTO ENGLISH VERSE BY JOHN HOWARD REID", Jose Juan Tablada is easily the most significant and well-known in the U.S.A. True, he arrived in New York way back in 1914 and it has taken almost a century for haiku and tanka to be accepted as legitimate poetic forms in mainstream English poetry. [In the Spanish title, there is to my mind an obvious pun on the word "alterno", meaning "alternative", and "alero", meaning eaves. The author drives this home by using italics for his second, fifth and seventh lines. In my book, I have used "An Alernative Nocturne" as the title, but have indexed it as "An Alternative Nocturne" which is the usual English rendering. Unfortunately, it gives no indication of Tablada's pun and offers no reason why the poet has used italics for his second, fifth and seventh lines].
An Alternative Nocturne
translated from the Spanish of José Juan Tablada
Golden New Yorker nights
Cold walls of Moorish limestone
A champagne foxtrot from
Earl Fuller’s Rector Novelty Orchestra
Mute houses and barred windows
over the silent roofs
the soul is petrified
white cats outlined against the moon
like Lot’s wife
for all that,
it’s the same
in New York
John Howard Reid