- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Posted January 22, 2009
poems exploring dimensions of waiting
The 47 poems in both English and Spanish of Aguirre's long poem 'Ithaca' can be read individually. They do not comprise a narrative or epic. They're a poem cycle, an inter-connected group of poems holding to the light the many facets of the patient waiting of Penelope, Odysseus's wife waiting at Ithaca for him to return from the Trojan War. Aguirre at times goes outside of the myth to her own experiences. The waiting is filled with moods, memories, imaginings--'You are like an oracle that does not believe in the future,' the poet writes in 'The Oracle.' Another poem, 'The Dragon Tree Revisited (1970),' mentions 'homeland and exile at the same time.' With perspicuity and luminosity, Aguirre paints the folds and extensions of a state that has been described 'pregnant waiting.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.