Spanish poet Francisco Briones, one of the last representatives of poets in the 1950s, was awarded the Cervantes Prize on November 16, 2020. It is the most prestigious award in Spanish literature and is regarded as the Nobel Prize in Spanish literature.
Francisco Briones has published different studies on contemporary poetry and published seven poetry collections, among which the more famous are The Discourse of Darkness (1966), The Autumn of Roses (1986) and The Last Coast (1995).
Zhou Daomo is the author of two Chinese poetry collections, two Chinese English bilingual poetry collections and one self-printed Chinese poetry collection. He won poetry awards in China and abroad. He is the Editor in Chief of 2018 Selected World Poems in Chinese and English. He was invited to attend the World Poets' Congress and the International Poetry Festival. He is now a lifelong member of the World Poets' Congress and editor-in-chief of the Qin Zihao Poetry Journal.
The dark death of the orange trees
blinds my eyes;
orange and dry, rises the moon
behind a sea of lead.
In the distance, the mountain breathes blue air;
the sea wets it, in its slumber. And so the shadow falls,
for centuries, over the ache of its roughness.
The houses open their eyelids,
the hillside lights up, trembling,
the heart yearns for beings it does not know;
and other beings return to remembrance.
Invisible, an air of jasmine
penetrates my shirt, from my flesh it lifts
light sweat; and this blown dust
is lost in the night,
deaf gravedigger of my time.
It was the merciful day,
and to the worn-out earth, grateful,
I look lovingly,
for the gentleness with which I die today.