Connecting Lines: New Poetry from Mexico


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

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

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932511208
  • Publisher: Sarabande Books
  • Publication date: 2/15/2005
  • Language: Spanish
  • Pages: 275

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

El suicida destaza su carnero negro y de su vena aorta brota un chorro de palomas (Fragmentos) 2
The Suicide Butchers His Black Lamb and His Aorta Spurts Doves (Fragments) 3
Los amantes de Tlatelolco 6
The Lovers of Tlatelolco 7
Polifemo en la fuente Medicis 8
Polyphemus in the Medicis Fountain 9
Bajo cero 14
Below Zero 15
De como Robert Schumann fue vencido por los demonios (Fragmento) 16
How Robert Schumann Was Defeated by the Demons (Fragment) 17
La incubacion de Teseo en el oraculo de la noche (Fragmentos) 18
The Incubation of Theseus in the Oracle of the Night (Fragments) 19
Prendas 28
Clothing 29
Ocurrencias 30
Happenings 31
Desde los corrales de la noche 32
From the Night's Stockyards 33
Gallinas en la Quinta del Sordo 34
Chickens in the Deaf Man's Manor 35
Velas 34
Candles 35
Tu aun no usabas chanel 38
You Didn't Yet Use Chanel 39
Baccatum monile 40
Baccatum Monile 41
Giro la perilla abro 42
I Turn the Latch I Open 43
Mal suicida 44
Bad Suicide 45
Sortilegios 46
Sortileges 47
Casas en el aire (Fragmento) 48
Houses in the Air (Fragment) 49
Pagina 125 50
Page 125 51
A fuego lento 56
Low Boil 57
Otro gallo 58
Another Rooster 59
Un rio 62
Living Next to the River 63
Marea Roja 64
Red Tide 65
Te asustan sus verrugas 70
Their Moles Frighten You 71
Instrucciones para pintar el cielo 72
How to Paint the Sky 73
Plena union 74
Full Union 75
Acerca de la necesidad tactica de una politizacion previa 76
Concerning the Tactical Need for Previous Politicization 77
Casa de los monos 78
House of Monkeys 79
Corte de cafe (Fragmento) 80
Coffee Harvest (Fragment) 81
Poema visto en el ventilador de un motel 82
Poem Seen on a Motel Fan 83
Un domingo por la tarde en Chapultepec 84
Sunday Afternoon in Chapultepec Park 85
Feu rouge 90
Feu Rouge 91
Nervio gris 94
Gray Nerve 95
La penumbra del cuarto 100
Language Begins 101
Agua de bordes lubricos 102
Water of Shifting Borders 103
Lu/El andariego 106
Lu/The Wanderer 107
Al margen indomable (Fragmentos) 108
At the Untamable Edge (Fragments) 109
A buen resguardo (Fragmento) 114
To Good Shelter (Fragment) 115
Los cachorros (Fragmento) 118
The Cubs (Fragment) 119
Piedras 120
Stones 121
Cancion a dos voces 122
Song for Two Voices 123
La bella durmiente, peticion de 126
The Sleeping Beauty (Petition From) 127
Cafe de chinos 128
Chinese Cafe 129
Chacamaax (Fragmento) 130
Chacamaax (Fragment) 131
Cada sueno se desprendia como un amoroso soplo de espinas (Fragmentos) 132
Each Dream Broke Away Like a Lovely Burst of Thorns (Fragments) 133
Autogol 136
Self-Goal 137
Testiculario 138
Testiculary 139
Si canto tu belleza no es por otra 140
If I Sing Your Beauty 141
Despues tu cuerpo fue la calle en calma 142
Later Your Body Was the Calm Street 143
El mundo 144
The World 145
El crecimiento del pelo el paso de un ave 146
The Growth of Hair the Flight of a Bird 147
Miro en mis manos las manos de mis padres 148
I See in My Hands the Hands of My Parents 149
Una plaza 150
A Plaza 151
Este edificio es un barco al pie de un oceano 152
This Building Is a Ship at the Bottom of an Ocean 153
Hoy no mido mis versos 156
Today I Don't Measure Out My Lines 157
Poder tener en cada cuarto 164
To Have in Every Room 165
Te necesito tanto, amor 166
I Need You So Much, Love 167
Serias capaz 168
You Could 169
Te vi en el parque 168
I Saw You in the Park 169
Dispersion 170
Dispersion 171
Son para el vacio 172
Song to Empty Space 173
La casa 174
The House 175
Popocatepetl 176
Popocatepetl 177
Maestro Eckhart 178
Maestro Eckhart 179
Resurreccion (Fragmento) 180
Resurrection (Fragment) 181
Memo, motociclista 184
Memo, Motorcyclist 185
La cama angosta 186
The Narrow Bed 187
Taj Mahal 188
Taj Mahal 189
Zenit, nadir 190
Zenith, Nadir 191
Tres canciones lunaticas (Fragmento) 192
Three Songs of the Lunatic Moon (Fragment) 193
Confianza del viento (Fragmentos) 194
In the Wind's Confidence (Fragments) 195
Cuerpo y mirada 200
Body and Gaze 201
Maria Antonieta 202
Marie Antoinette 203
Primero mar 206
First, the Sea 207
rosas? 208
roses? 209
[characters not reproducible] 210
[characters not reproducible] 211
Palomas 212
Pigeons 213
Cada arbol en su sombra 214
Every Tree in Its Shadow 215
Mar 216
Sea 217
Una calle 222
A Street 223
Un arbol 222
A Tree 223
Palomas vs. senectud (Gonzalo Rojas) 224
Pigeons vs. Senescence (Gonzalo Rojas) 225
Convalecencia 228
Convalescence 229
Tanagra (Fragmento) 230
Tanagra (Fragment) 231
Sin titulo 232
Untitled 233
No se mueve la piedra 234
The Stone Does Not Move 235
Dylan y las ballenas (Fragmentos) 238
Dylan and the Whales (Fragments) 239
Dylan y las ballenas (Fragmentos) 242
Dylan and the Whales (Fragments) 243
La perfumista 246
The Perfumer 247
Las cosas 250
Things 251
El viento borra su huella de toda superficie 252
The Wind Erases Its Trace from Every Surface 253
The Cars Hiss Pass by My Window 254
The Cars Pass Slowly by My Window 255
Tokonoma (Fuga para fagot excluso) (Fragmentos) 256
Tokonoma (Fugue for a Solo Bassoon) (Fragments) 257
Para indagar la sombra 262
Delving into Shadows 263
La muerte indocil 264
Rebellious Death 265
Para decir lo que es la luz 266
To Say What Light Is 267
Traslacion de dominio (Fragmento) 268
Shift of Domain (Fragment) 269
Mensaje del que duda 270
Doubtful Message 271
Cercania del angel (Fragmento) 272
Angel Closeness (Fragment) 273
The Moon Ain't Nothing but a Broken Dish 276
The Moon Ain't Nothing but a Broken Dish 277
Una temporada en el Mictlan 278
A Season in (Aztec) Hell 279
Contributors (biografias) 280
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