Looking Within/Mirar adentro: Selected Poems/Poemas escogidos, 1954-2000 / Edition 1

Looking Within/Mirar adentro: Selected Poems/Poemas escogidos, 1954-2000 / Edition 1

by Nancy Morejón
     
 

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ISBN-10: 081433038X

ISBN-13: 9780814330388

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

The African Cuban poet Nancy Morejón set out at a young age to explore the beauty and complexities of the life around and within her. Themes of social and political concern, loyalty, friendship and family, African identity, women’s experiences, and hope for Cuba’s future all found their way into her poems through bold metaphor and tender lyricism.

Overview

The African Cuban poet Nancy Morejón set out at a young age to explore the beauty and complexities of the life around and within her. Themes of social and political concern, loyalty, friendship and family, African identity, women’s experiences, and hope for Cuba’s future all found their way into her poems through bold metaphor and tender lyricism. This panoramic anthology, selected from ten volumes of Morejón’s work and organized by theme, contains some poems that have already been acclaimed in several languages, others that are less known, and some never before published. Overall they present to Morejón’s readership an enhanced, broader, and updated spectrum of her poetry in a Spanish-English edition.

Although Morejón does not sympathize as much with intellectualized feminism as with "street" feminism (the kind that erupts with force as it confronts daily life), her poems illuminate issues in women’s existence. Without intending to, she has revitalized contemporary Caribbean feminist literary discourse. One can find in her work the tensions between colonizer and colonized, dominator and dominated, and at the same time enjoy the sheer beauty of images depicting suffering, strength, and hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814330388
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
African American Life Series
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
994,255
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface13
Introduction19
Prelude
Wind67
Rose69
Impressions71
Sophism 273
Sophism 375
Sophism 477
Last Sophism79
My Wolves and Your Birds81
Tryptich I, II, III83
Alluvion87
The City Exposed
I
The City Exposed91
The Good Days93
The Common Hours95
I Might Have Been Able97
Ritornello99
II
Remains of the Coral Island101
Woman with Fish103
Seascape105
Parrot Crossing Manrique Street107
In Front of a Mirror109
Ana Mendieta113
Drawing119
The Poets' Cafe121
Faint Chronicle at the Tree of Migrations125
III
A Rose127
Corinthia Waters129
Ocujal Mine131
Mythologies133
In the Country of Vietnam135
April137
Analysis of Melancholy
In October and the Wind141
Analysis of Melancholy145
Swift String147
So Say the Legends149
To a Boy151
To a Tree Expressly153
Dawn155
The Drum157
Looking Within
Looking Within161
Humus Immemorial163
The Eyes of Eleggua165
La Rebambaramba167
In Praise of Nieves Fresneda171
Guijes173
Talking with a Serpent175
Black Man177
An Oakland Apple Tree179
Baas181
A Planter's Soliloquy183
Silent Lullaby for South African Children185
Anniversary187
Instant191
Epitaph for a Lady from Pretoria193
Cook195
I Love My Master197
Black Woman201
Persona205
Coffee
Mother211
Brigida Noyola, Presente213
Supper215
Angela Dominguez, Presente219
Home221
Richard Brought His Flute225
Tata at the Death of Don Pablo237
Elegy for the Conversations239
A Havana Patio245
In the Shadow of the Streetcars247
Coffee249
Door to a Bridge251
Pogolotti253
Clarity
I
Leaf of Grass259
Flutes261
Amber263
Recovered Suite265
Garden atop Pyramid267
Parrots269
Nets271
Village Girl from Taxco275
II
I Never Saw Great Lakes277
Clarity279
Jugglers281
The Days of Summer283
By the Gulf287
Worlds291
Carpet
I
I Am with You, O Beautiful Time297
Disillusion for Ruben Dario299
As in Days Gone By301
Carpet303
Agonizing, Sad305
The Artisans307
Antonia Eiriz309
South311
Imitation of Juana Borrero313
Flora Contemplates Flora315
Words from an Alcatraz317
Solaris319
Lady of the Unicorn321
Blind Ode325
Lezama in the Afternoon331
II
Glorious Landscape333
In Praise of Dance335
Alicia Alonso337
Requiem for the Left Hand339
Good-bye, Happiness341
Another Nocturne343
To Escape with a Wound345
Running Beneath the Trees347
Bottle at Sea349
Divertimento353
Glossary355
Published Collections of Poems365

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