CriticasMexican poet, editor, and reviewer Aristides has a couple of unusual anthologies under his belt, including Bestiario inmediato (Instant Bestiary, Ediciones Coyoacan, 2000), a compilation of Mexican poems inspired by the animal world, and Vuelta a la casa en 75 poemas (Back Home in 75 Poems, Planeta, 2001), a collection of poems about the concept of home. This new anthology is a treasure of modernist poetry selected and organized with the same clever, personal criteria of previous compilations. Since modernism has kept many of romanticism's and symbolism's defining features, expect a lush vocabulary, images of refined beauty, and the enduring joy of rhyme and rhythm. Aristides introduces readers to this movement through a distinctive blend of sensual and dreamy lyricisms, and delights them by mixing rare authors (Salvador Diaz Miron, Alfredo Placencia) with the classic examples of the movement (Ruben Dario, Leopoldo Lugones, Jose Asuncion Silva). Each chapter includes useful and accessible introductory notes about the author represented. The prolog, gracefully incorporating modernist elements, effectively frames the era and the poets without falling into arid academic jargon. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries with Latin American poetry collections.
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