José María Hinojosa (1904-1936) was a well-known poet of Spain’s famed Generation of '27, which included García Lorca, Dalí, Buñuel, Alberti, Aleixandre and Hernandez. His surrealist poetry contrasted with his right wing politics, causing him to break with the group during the Spanish Republic. He was assassinated by Republican sympathizers in 1936 and his writing disappeared from Spanish culture until the end of the 20th century.
"Black Tulips: The Selected Poems of José María Hinojosa, translated by Mark Statman, is a major literary achievement. Mark Statman has unearthed the poetry of a long-forgotten member of the Generation of '27—that gathering of poets that included Pedro Salinas, Rafael Alberti, and Federico García Lorca, among others. Thanks to Statman, Hinojosa's work can now be accorded its proper place among that august group. Statman's acumen as both poet and translator is evident in every page. The results are translations that are faithful to Hinojosa's originals while standing as fine English poems in their own right."
"The poetry of José María Hinojosa—lost but now found—merits our attention for its brilliance, and Mark Statman is well equipped to bring it into American speech. His translations here capture the surprise and violence of the original poems in Spanish, with accuracy and lyrical force."