Emplumada

Emplumada

by Lorna Dee Cervantes
     
 

Cervantes' first collection is an extremely mature book. The poems are lyrical and well crafted; images recur and build upon one another as the book progresses. Personal but never confessional, she hold emotion in check."--Library Journal See more details below

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Cervantes' first collection is an extremely mature book. The poems are lyrical and well crafted; images recur and build upon one another as the book progresses. Personal but never confessional, she hold emotion in check."--Library Journal

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“A writer of unusual emotional strength, Cervantes uses the material of her own life to write poems that speak to everyone. . . . For an understanding of personal courage, it’s a great book. Cervantes’ command of her art is exciting, and her ability to draw the reader in is sure. What I wanted to do after finishing Emplumada was to read more work by this author: let this be the beginning of a beautiful career.”
--The New Woman’s Times Feminist Review

“No book before Lorna Dee Cervantes’ Emplumada has so completely and sharply drawn the East Bay and San Jose, California experience with full justice. No book has so successfully made the Californian urban and rural worlds of unfinished freeways and ‘spinached specked shoes’ of cannery workers come alive. No book has so carefully elucidated what living as a Chicana in the West means, and how ‘an intelligent, well-read person could believe in the war between races.’ Emplumada offers a number of troubled and delicated portrait of a woman’s world and how that antipatriarchal world has come to have meaning.”
--Revista Chicano-Riquena

“Cervantes' first collection is an extremely mature book. The poems are lyrical and well crafted; images recur and build upon one another as the book progresses. Personal but never confessional, she holds emotion in check.”
—Library Journal

“A brilliant first collection of poems by this leading Chicana poet. Sensuous and lyrical, she also sings of the heartbreak of injustice.”
—Midwest Distributors Catalogue

“The strength of Emplumada is the impact of a collection presenting the Chicana and the nature of her coming of age. . . . In Cervantes we have a talented woman who dares to tell us about her struggle to achieve her identity in a world hostile to her attainment of it. . . . The importance of the poems collected in Emplumada is their presentation of the emerging identity of a particular Chicana.”
—Open Places

“Real feelings –– not merely manufactured effects –– mark the first book of the promising young Chicana poet Lorna Dee Cervantes. She creates many scenes of dramatic intensity, made all the more powerful by her wise use of understatement. . . . [T]he poet allows neither propaganda nor self-pity to mar her well-constructed verses, whose moving core of universal human experience transcends their ethnic origins.”
—Booklist

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822934363
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
06/28/1981
Pages:
80

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