Mother Tongue: Selected Poems

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Pura Lopez Colome's true home is language rather than geographical place, and her poetry pays tribute to this debt to the mother tongue as source, origin, identity and consolation. She reflects on the nature of memory and its relationship to language, on the inescapability of the past, the possibility or impossibility of meaning, while resisting comfortable or easy answers. Her language is distilled to an apparent essence, at all times probing, suggestive and fearless.
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Overview

Pura Lopez Colome's true home is language rather than geographical place, and her poetry pays tribute to this debt to the mother tongue as source, origin, identity and consolation. She reflects on the nature of memory and its relationship to language, on the inescapability of the past, the possibility or impossibility of meaning, while resisting comfortable or easy answers. Her language is distilled to an apparent essence, at all times probing, suggestive and fearless.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903631324
  • Publisher: Arlen House
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Bilingual Edition: English & Spanish
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     10
Preface   Mary O'Malley     11
Translator's Note     13
Among Volcanoes
Dramatis Personae     19
Stricto Sensu     20
Heartache     21
Precision Balance     22
Soothsayer     23
Prism     25
Dreaming of Star Music     28
Article of Faith     30
Among Volcanoes     31
Cradle-Song
Brief Episode     35
Cradle-Song     36
Painstaking     43
Cotton     47
Foundling     49
Passing Through     53
Sacrifice
King     57
Sacrifice     60
Epimone     61
Sweetness     62
Schism     65
Et in secula seculorum     66
The Snow-White Falls of Niagara     67
Entre volcanes
Dramatis Personae     73
Stricto Sensu     74
Dolor de corazon     75
El fiel de la balanza     76
Aruspice     77
Prisma     79
Sueno de musica estelar     82
Articulo de fe     84
Entre volcanes     85
Cancion de cuna
Breve episodio     89
Cancion de cuna     90
A duras penas     97
Algodon     101
Adoptivo     103
De paso     107
Sacrificio
Rey     111
Sacrificio     114
Epimone     115
Dulzura     116
Cisma     119
Et in secula seculorum     120
Niveas cataratas de Niagara     121
Poems and their sources     127
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