Firefly under the Tongue: Selected Poems

Overview

A brilliantly translated bilingual edition of poems by one of Mexico's foremost woman poets.
Born in 1951 in Mexico City, Coral Bracho has published half a dozen books of poems including the groundbreaking El ser que va a morir (1982) which changed the course of Mexican poetry. Her exquisite long-lined poems evoke the sensual realm where logic is disbanded, wonder evoked. In the words of her translator Forrest Gander, "Her diction spills out along ceaselessly shifting beds of ...
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Overview

A brilliantly translated bilingual edition of poems by one of Mexico's foremost woman poets.
Born in 1951 in Mexico City, Coral Bracho has published half a dozen books of poems including the groundbreaking El ser que va a morir (1982) which changed the course of Mexican poetry. Her exquisite long-lined poems evoke the sensual realm where logic is disbanded, wonder evoked. In the words of her translator Forrest Gander, "Her diction spills out along ceaselessly shifting beds of sound....Bracho's poems make sense first as music, and music propels them."
From her early collections—Bajo el destello liguido and El ser—to her most recent books La voluntad del ámbar and Ese espacio, ese jardin (which won the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize), Firefly under the Tongue offers the first book of English translations by this most important and influential living poet.
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Editorial Reviews

Calyx
Now, more than ever…we need poems like Bracho's to document a more ethical stance to the living planet.”— Edythe Haendel Schwartz
Boston Review
Bracho combines a quiet inwardness that is also a vulnerable openness. One wishes there were more.”— Alan Gilbert
Multicultural Review
The accomplishment of a sensitive artist…. The poems are a challenge and a pleasure to the reader.”— Rosita Chazarreta-Rourke
Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas
Challenging, enigmatic poetry…. fluid oneiric lines that eschew history and linear time.”— Steven F. White
Edythe Haendel Schwartz - Calyx
“Now, more than ever…we need poems like Bracho's to document a more ethical stance to the living planet.”
Alan Gilbert - Boston Review
“Bracho combines a quiet inwardness that is also a vulnerable openness. One wishes there were more.”
Rosita Chazarreta-Rourke - Multicultural Review
“The accomplishment of a sensitive artist…. The poems are a challenge and a pleasure to the reader.”
Steven F. White - Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas
“Challenging, enigmatic poetry…. fluid oneiric lines that eschew history and linear time.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811216845
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/14/2008
  • Series: New Directions Paperbook Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Coral Bracho is the author of six books of poems including Tierra de entraña ardiente, in which she collaborated with the painter Irma Palacios. Among her grants and prizes are the Aguacalientes National Poetry Prize in 1981 and a Guggenheim fellowship in 2000. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Bomb, Conjunctions, The Nation, and Poetry International.

Forrest Gander grew up in Virginia and has degrees in geology and English literature. His recent books include the novel As a Friend andthe translation Firefly Under the Tongue: Selected Poems of Coral Bracho (PEN
Translation Prize Finalist), both from New Directions. A United States
Artists Rockefeller Fellow, Gander is recipient of fellowships from the NEA,
the Guggenheim, Howard, and Whiting foundations. He is the Adele Kellenberg
Seaver Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literature at Brown
University.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

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    Beautiful

    Coral's poems have brought me to tears in both Spanish and English. I would describe her poetry as music from words.

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