Today we’re excited to bring you two odes by Pablo Neruda in beautiful translations by Martín Espada. Neruda published three collections of odes, aiming to praise the simple objects and find beauty in unexpected places. But make no mistake: Ode to the Chair is in fact an anti-war poem, while Ode to Walt Whitman is a song in praise for the simple man. Espada is a master of the language and he delights in the playfulness and verve of these poems. We hope you’ll like these new translations as much as we did.
—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman