Another America / Otra América

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This edition contains six new poems, a foreword by Margaret Randall, a new preface by Barbara Kingsolver, and a newly designed cover.
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This edition contains six new poems, a foreword by Margaret Randall, a new preface by Barbara Kingsolver, and a newly designed cover.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The citizens of Kingsolver's ( The Bean Trees ) other America are demonstrators whose silent vigil on the eve of Desert Storm defies the ``opera of assent'' to war. They are Nicaraguan peasants whose arrival at voting polls is ``like a pulse,'' though they risk ``any foreign bullet.'' In this first volume of poetry Kingsolver identifies with the other America's struggles so powerfully that she has her poems translated into its mother tongue--Spanish. This identification sometimes makes for strong, moving poetry. The reader shares the life sentence of emotional entrapment and betrayal that a rape victim endures when her trust, like her ``kitchen knives / and other things of mine . . . have been used against me.'' Frequently, however, Kingsolver's representations are far less compelling. ``For Sacco and Vanzetti'' fails to move beyond a tearful plaint for the unjustly executed immigrants. Stylistically, too, Kingsolver is uneven, offering intriguingly detailed descriptions of a sleeper's R.E.M.s--``Your eyes swim quick strokes / in sealed wet caves''--and abstract uses of abstract terms, wishing for a day ``when justice / is not a word / because it is air and we breathe it.'' (Mar.)
School Library Journal
YA-- This powerful collection of poetry deals with protest against political and social repression experienced by ordinary people, particularly women, under military regimes in Central and South America during the last 20 years. Through vivid imagery and compelling messages, Kingsolver makes a passionate appeal to end the suffering of victims of revolution, oppression, and war. The face-to-face bilingual presentation makes for an exciting language comparison for students who speak Spanish, but the poems, charged with emotion, stand by themselves in English. Mature YAs will see how people cope under conditions of extreme poverty and danger, and will identify with the rich characterizations and profound voices full of courage and the will to survive.--Deanna Kuhn, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580050043
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 115
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver
Equally at home with poetry, novels, and nonfiction narratives, Barbara Kingsolver credits her careers in scientific writing and journalism with instilling in her a love of nature, a writer's discipline, and a strong sense of social justice.

Biography

According to the biography on her website, Barbara Kingsolver began writing around the age of nine. Her early "oeuvre" included poems, short stories, and essays, including one noteworthy piece on school safety that was published in the local newspaper, helped to pass a local bond issue, and netted the author a $25 savings bond -- "on which she expected to live comfortably into adulthood."

Kingsolver left her native Kentucky to attend DePauw University on a piano scholarship; but intellectual curiosity (the same quality that informs her writing) prompted her to transfer from the music school to the college of liberal arts where she majored in biology. Immediately after college, she traveled in Greece and France and returned to the U.S. to pursue her master's degree in science from the University of Arizona. She worked for a while as a science writer for the university before becoming a freelance journalist. In 1986 she won an Arizona Press Club Award.

Kingsolver's first novel, The Bean Trees, was composed entirely at night during a period of chronic, pregnancy-related insomnia. Published in 1988, this story of a young woman transplanted from Kentucky to Tucson was reviewed enthusiastically by critics. " As clear as air," rhapsodized The New York Times Book Review. "It is the southern novel taken west, its colors as translucent and polished as one of those slices of rose agate from a desert shop." Readers, too, proclaimed the story a delight.

Since then, Kingsolver has produced a string of bestselling novels, including Pigs in Heaven, The Poisonwood Bible (an Oprah's Book club selection), and Prodigal Summer. She has also authored collections of her poems (Another America), short stories (Homeland), and essays (Small Wonders); as well as nonfiction narratives like Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

Good To Know

In 2008, Kingsolver delivered the commencement address at Duke University, offering graduates advice on "How to be Hopeful."

She is a member of the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock and roll band consisting of published writers, including Amy Tan, Matt Groening, Dave Barry, and Stephen King among others.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      April 8, 1955
    2. Place of Birth:
      Annapolis, Maryland
    1. Education:
      B.A., DePauw University, 1977; M.S., University of Arizona, 1981
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Beating Time 3
Deadline 5
What the Janitor Heard in the Elevator 7
Reveille 9
Street Scenes 11
Waiting for the Invasion 15
Justicia 17
Refuge 21
For Sacco and Vanzetti 23
The Monster's Belly 27
In Exile 29
Escape 31
American Biographies 35
This House I Cannot Leave 37
Ten Forty-Four 39
Portrait 43
Family Secrets 45
For Richard After All 49
The Loss of My Arms and Legs 51
Bridges 59
Naming Myself 61
Apotheosis 63
Orang-Outang 65
Ordinary Miracle 67
Babyblues 69
Daily Bread 71
Watershed 73
Possession 75
Frankfort Cemetery 77
Poem for a Dead Neighbor 81
Our Father Who Drowns the Birds 87
On the Morning I Discovered My Phone Was Tapped 93
The Middle Daughter 97
In the City Ringed With Giants 99
The Blood Returns 103
Remember the Moon Survives 109
Your Mother's Eyes 115
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2001

    incredibly accessible poems of great depth

    barbara kingsolver has been a favorite of mine since the bean trees, but these poems demonstrate her versatility as a writer (as does high tide in tucson.. and i am not an essay fan). the house i cannont leave, a tremendously moving poem of a rape victim, is one that haunts me. i teach sixth grade language arts and use deadline and what the janitor heard in the elevator in my class. her poems stretch my students to think beyond the surface and they LOVE her work. her poems are also translated into spanish which is a wonderful plus when teaching hispanic children. kingsolver's poems are political and powerful and are a must read for the thoughtful american.

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