Ithaca

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This 50-page poem is a major contemporary Spanish poet's reworking of the Greek myth of Odysseus, but with one important alteration: This time the story is told from Penelope's perspective. Upon its original Spanish publication, Ithaca earned the 1971 Leopoldo Panero Poetry award.
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Overview

This 50-page poem is a major contemporary Spanish poet's reworking of the Greek myth of Odysseus, but with one important alteration: This time the story is told from Penelope's perspective. Upon its original Spanish publication, Ithaca earned the 1971 Leopoldo Panero Poetry award.
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Ana Osan was born in Tangier, Morocco, where she attended French schools and received her baccalaureat. She attended Indiana University Northwest where she majored in English, French, and Spanish. She received a Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She has been an assistant professor of Spanish at Indiana University Northwest since 2000. Her specialty is poetry by women, particularly the translation of long poems. She recently received a fellowship to translate Anne Hebert's books of poetry.
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Table of Contents

Sad beast 19
Ithaca 21
From without 23
The comrades 25
Sisyphus of the cliffs 29
The oracle 31
Mirage : Penelope and Lot's wife 33
Penelope unravels 35
The object 37
The wait 39
The wind in Ithaca 41
The show 43
Monologue 45
The welcome 47
Paper landscapes 51
The dragon tree 55
The dragon tree revisited 57
November 61
The blessed ones 63
The bet 65
Orderliness 67
Discovery 69
Freedom 71
Causes 73
Farewell 75
Arithmetic 77
Cemetery 79
Totality 81
The party 83
Autophagy 85
Self-ignorance 87
The owners 89
The female gravedigger 91
The stranger 93
The requests 95
Trust 97
Black fire 99
The step 101
Listen to me 103
The certainties 105
"To last is also to live" 109
The roster 113
Murder 115
The spiral 117
Happiness 119
The wall 121
Loom 123
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    poems exploring dimensions of waiting

    The 47 poems in both English and Spanish of Aguirre's long poem 'Ithaca' can be read individually. They do not comprise a narrative or epic. They're a poem cycle, an inter-connected group of poems holding to the light the many facets of the patient waiting of Penelope, Odysseus's wife waiting at Ithaca for him to return from the Trojan War. Aguirre at times goes outside of the myth to her own experiences. The waiting is filled with moods, memories, imaginings--'You are like an oracle that does not believe in the future,' the poet writes in 'The Oracle.' Another poem, 'The Dragon Tree Revisited (1970),' mentions 'homeland and exile at the same time.' With perspicuity and luminosity, Aguirre paints the folds and extensions of a state that has been described 'pregnant waiting.'

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