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

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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.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814330388
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Series: African American Life Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Winner of two prestigious Cuban awards, the Premio Nacional de Literatura Cubana and Premio de la Critica, Nancy Morejón is a poet, essayist, critic, editor, journalist, and translator. She was born in the Los Sitios district of Central Havana in 1944. Her first book, Mutismos, was published in 1962, and she has collaborated throughout her career with leading musicians, playwrights, and actors. She now directs the Caribbean Studies Center at Casa de las Américas, Havana, epicenter of Cuban and Latin American intelligentsia.

Juanamaría Cordones-Cook is associate professor at University of Missouri, Columbia. She is author of Teatro negro uruguayo (Editorial Graffiti, 1996) and Poetica de transgresión en la novelística de Luisa Valenzuela (Peter Lang Publishing, 1991). Member of the Uruguayan Academy of Letters.

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Table of Contents

Preface 13
Introduction 19
Wind 67
Rose 69
Impressions 71
Sophism 2 73
Sophism 3 75
Sophism 4 77
Last Sophism 79
My Wolves and Your Birds 81
Tryptich I, II, III 83
Alluvion 87
The City Exposed 91
The Good Days 93
The Common Hours 95
I Might Have Been Able 97
Ritornello 99
Remains of the Coral Island 101
Woman with Fish 103
Seascape 105
Parrot Crossing Manrique Street 107
In Front of a Mirror 109
Ana Mendieta 113
Drawing 119
The Poets' Cafe 121
Faint Chronicle at the Tree of Migrations 125
A Rose 127
Corinthia Waters 129
Ocujal Mine 131
Mythologies 133
In the Country of Vietnam 135
April 137
In October and the Wind 141
Analysis of Melancholy 145
Swift String 147
So Say the Legends 149
To a Boy 151
To a Tree Expressly 153
Dawn 155
The Drum 157
Looking Within 161
Humus Immemorial 163
The Eyes of Eleggua 165
La Rebambaramba 167
In Praise of Nieves Fresneda 171
Guijes 173
Talking with a Serpent 175
Black Man 177
An Oakland Apple Tree 179
Baas 181
A Planter's Soliloquy 183
Silent Lullaby for South African Children 185
Anniversary 187
Instant 191
Epitaph for a Lady from Pretoria 193
Cook 195
I Love My Master 197
Black Woman 201
Persona 205
Mother 211
Brigida Noyola, Presente 213
Supper 215
Angela Dominguez, Presente 219
Home 221
Richard Brought His Flute 225
Tata at the Death of Don Pablo 237
Elegy for the Conversations 239
A Havana Patio 245
In the Shadow of the Streetcars 247
Coffee 249
Door to a Bridge 251
Pogolotti 253
Leaf of Grass 259
Flutes 261
Amber 263
Recovered Suite 265
Garden atop Pyramid 267
Parrots 269
Nets 271
Village Girl from Taxco 275
I Never Saw Great Lakes 277
Clarity 279
Jugglers 281
The Days of Summer 283
By the Gulf 287
Worlds 291
I Am with You, O Beautiful Time 297
Disillusion for Ruben Dario 299
As in Days Gone by 301
Carpet 303
Agonizing, Sad 305
The Artisans 307
Antonia Eiriz 309
South 311
Imitation of Juana Borrero 313
Flora Contemplates Flora 315
Words from an Alcatraz 317
Solaris 319
Lady of the Unicorn 321
Blind Ode 325
Lezama in the Afternoon 331
Glorious Landscape 333
In Praise of Dance 335
Alicia Alonso 337
Requiem for the Left Hand 339
Good-bye, Happiness 341
Another Nocturne 343
To Escape with a Wound 345
Running Beneath the Trees 347
Bottle at Sea 349
Divertimento 353
Glossary 355
Published Collections of Poems 365
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