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Hailed as "not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one" (The New York Times Book Review), Sandra Cisneros has firmly established herself as an author of electrifying talent. Here are verses, comic and sad, radiantly pure and plainspoken, that reveal why her stories have been praised for their precision and musicality of language.

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Overview

Hailed as "not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one" (The New York Times Book Review), Sandra Cisneros has firmly established herself as an author of electrifying talent. Here are verses, comic and sad, radiantly pure and plainspoken, that reveal why her stories have been praised for their precision and musicality of language.

Hailed as "not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one" (The New York Times Book Review), Sandra Cisneros has firmly established herself as an author of electrifying talent. Here are verses, comic and sad, radiantly pure and plainspoken, that reveal why her stories have been praised for their precision and musicality of language.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This collection reveals the same affinity for distilled phrasing and surprise, both in language and dramatic development, found in Cisneros's volumes of short stories, Woman Hollering Creek and The House on Mango Street . For a glimpse of it, see the poem ``Josie Bliss'': ``a tropical dream / of Wednesdays / a bitter sorrow / like the salt / between the breasts.'' Of the book's four parts, the first two immerse the reader in the Chicana homefront, including the poet's own place in it, presumably the San Antonio familiar from her prose work. The remaining two parts leave the barrio behind, as the author's world becomes more cosmopolitan and still more personal. Here Cisneros reflects on herself and her men, on how she treats them and they her. Although some poems in the last sections are excellent--``No Mercy,'' with its air of a prosecutor's brief, is splendid--as a love poet, Cisneros attitudinizes too much and uses her tight style more to ration her candor than to impel images. Even so, a disconcerting degree of sentimentality somehow gets through (``I forget the reasons, but I loved you once, / remember?''), along with some enervated deadpan humor: ``I've learned two things. / To let go / clean as kite string. / And to never wash a man's clothes. / These are my rules.'' (Dec.)
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“Not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one.” —The New York Times Book Review

“All poets would do well to follow the example of Sandra Cisneros, who takes no prisoners and has not made a single compromise in her language.” — Barbara Kingsolver, Los Angeles Times
 
“Cisneros is a writer for all people.” —USA Today

“Here the young voice of Esperanza of The House on Mango Street merges with that of the grown woman/poet. My Wicked Wicked Ways is a kind of international graffiti, where the poet—bold and insistent—puts her mark on those traveled places on the map and in the heart.” —Cherríe Moraga
 
“A writer of power and eloquence and great lyrical beauty.” —The Washington Post Book World
 
“[Cisneros’] work is sensitive, alert, nuanceful. It is rich with music and picture.” — Gwendolyn Brooks

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780943219011
  • Publisher: Third Woman Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1987
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954. Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, which has been translated into more than twenty languages, she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award, the American Book Award, and the Thomas Wolfe Prize, and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation. Cisneros is the author of two novels, The House on Mango Street and Caramelo; a collection of short stories, Woman Hollering Creek; two books of poetry, My Wicked Wicked Ways and Loose Woman; a children’s book, Hairs/Pelitos; a selected anthology of her own work, Vintage Cisneros; and, with Ester Hernández, Have You Seen Marie?, a fable for adults. She is the founder of the Macondo Foundation, an association of writers united to serve underserved communities. Find her online at www.sandracisneros.com.

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    1. Hometown:
      San Antonio, Texas
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 20, 1954
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A., Loyola University, 1976; M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1978

Table of Contents

Velorio 3
Sir James South Side 5
South Sangamon 6
Abuelito Who 7
Arturo Burro 8
Mexican Hat Dance 9
Good Hotdogs 10
Muddy Kid Comes Home 11
I Told Susan Reyna 12
Twister Hits Houston 14
Curtains 15
Joe 16
Traficante 18
My Wicked Wicked Ways 23
Six Brothers 25
Mariela 27
Josie Bliss 28
I the Woman 29
Something Crazy 31
In a redneck bar down the street 33
Love Poem #1 34
The blue dress 35
The Poet Reflects on Her Solitary Fate 37
His Story 38
Letter to Ilona from the South of France 43
Ladies, South of France - Vence 45
December 24th, Paris - Notre-Dame 46
Beautiful Man - France 47
Postcard to the Lace Man - The Old Market, Antibes 48
Letter to Jahn Franco - Venice 49
To Cesare, Goodbye 52
Ass 53
Trieste - Ciao to Italy 55
Peaches - Six in a Tin Bowl, Sarajevo 56
Hydra Night - House on Fire 57
Hydra Coming Down in Rain 58
Fishing Calamari by Moon 60
Moon in Hydra 61
One Last Poem for Richard 62
For a Southern Man 64
A woman cutting celery 69
Sensuality Plunging Barefoot Into Thorns 71
Valparaiso 73
I understand it as a kiss 76
For All Tuesday Travelers 77
No Mercy 78
The world without Rodrigo 80
Rodrigo Returns to the Land and Linen Celebrates 81
Beatrice 82
Rodrigo de Barro 83
Rodrigo in the Dark 85
The So-and-So's 86
Monsieur Mon Ami 88
Drought 90
By Way of Explanation 92
Ame, Amo, Amare 94
Men Asleep 98
New Year's Eve 99
14 de julio 101
Tantas Cosas Asustan, Tantas 102
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2002

    a wicked read

    i recieved this book from a friend in Los Angeles, i live in ireland and had never seen Sandra's work. i wanted to read and re-read this book, i found it beautiful, funny, loving and honest....even if i don't read spanish, but ill get that rectified. if you get it, make sure you leave yourself time to read the whole thing, i know i could not put it down.

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