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Connecting Lines: New Poetry from Mexico

Connecting Lines: New Poetry from Mexico

by Luis Cortes Bargallo (Editor), Forrest Gander (Translator)

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Two-volume bilingual anthology of Mexican and American Poets, produced in partnership between NEA/Mexican government


Two-volume bilingual anthology of Mexican and American Poets, produced in partnership between NEA/Mexican government

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Library Journal
This two-volume bilingual set of contemporary Mexican poetry translated into English and American poetry translated into Spanish is the first installment from a three-year program in a venture among the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. embassy in Mexico, and the Universidad Nacional Aut noma de Mexico (UNAM). Each volume contains a cross section of 50 representative poets, arranged chronologically from those born in 1945 to the early 1970s; all their poems were written within the past 30 years. The editors sought to "emphasize the friction and diversity of current Mexican poetry" and by and large have succeeded. Most of the Mexican poets have not been widely critiqued and thus may be unfamiliar to most U.S. audiences. Many live and/or work in Mexico City; several in fact are affiliated with UNAM. The accessibility to this new Mexican poetry, in Spanish as well as in English, in one place is unmatched anywhere. Unfortunately, space limitations necessitate that some of the longer selections appear as fragments. On the other hand, the American poets, e.g., Julia Alvarez, Rita Dove, and Sherman Alexie, will be more familiar to readers, but one anticipates less demand for their works translated into Spanish. Each volume concludes with a list of contributors but not of the translators. The translations are literal yet successful, but in many cases the restrictions of anthologizing impose selections that are so limited (one or two per poet) that it's hard to get a feel for each individual style. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Lawrence Olszewski, OCLC Lib., Dublin, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Bargallo is the author of four poetry collections, including Terrario (1979); El circo silencioso (1985); La soledad del polo (1990); Al margen indomable(1996); and an anthology, Po el ojo de una aguja (1999). He was a recipient of the Trusteeship from la Cultura México-USA (Rockefeller/ Bancomer/ FONCA), and is a member of the National System of Creators of Art. Gander is the author of five poetry books. In 2002, Gander published translations of Pura López Colomé and Jaime Saenz. The recipient of two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative North American Writing, an NEA Fellowship, and The Whiting Award for Writers, Gander co-edits the literary book press Lost Roads Publishers with C.D. Wright. He teaches at Brown University.

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