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William O’Daly

William O’Daly is a poet, translator, and fiction writer. His published works include seven books of the late and posthumous poetry of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda (Still Another Day, The Separate Rose, Winter Garden, The Sea and the Bells, The Yellow Heart, The Book of Questions, and The Hands of Day), and a chapbook of his own poems, The Whale in the Web. Another translation of late Neruda, World’s End, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in spring 2009. With co-author Han-ping Chin, he recently completed a historical novel, This Earthly Life, based on the Chinese Cultural Revolution.



Winter 2009 | Poetry

Here it does not rest, a past
I summoned with a bell
so that things awaken

The Ashes

Winter 2009 | Poetry

This is the age of ashes.
Ashes of burned children,
of cold trials of hell,