Paper Dance: 55 Latino Poets

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"Readers should be prepared for weeping, laughing, and awe."—Harvard Review
A definitive anthology of the best United States Latino and Latina poets from diverse origins in the Latin world: Cuba, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Puerto Rico: Julia Alvarez, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Juan Felipe Herrera, Pat Mora, Alberto Alvaro Ríos, Luis J. Rodrguez, and Tino Villeanueva, as well as emerging writers, including Sandra M. Castillo, Adrian Castro, Silvia ...

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Overview

"Readers should be prepared for weeping, laughing, and awe."—Harvard Review
A definitive anthology of the best United States Latino and Latina poets from diverse origins in the Latin world: Cuba, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Puerto Rico: Julia Alvarez, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Juan Felipe Herrera, Pat Mora, Alberto Alvaro Ríos, Luis J. Rodrguez, and Tino Villeanueva, as well as emerging writers, including Sandra M. Castillo, Adrian Castro, Silvia Curbelo, Diana Rivera, and Gina Valdez.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
These Are Not Sweet Girls, an anthology of 53 Latin American poets (including a single Brazilian, Adelia Prado), strives to combat "the offical discourse of power" that keeps women's poetry outside the literary mainstream. Poets range from Gabriela Mistral (born 1889) and Alfonsina Storni (born 1892) to Teresa Calderon and editor Agosin (both born 1955). Chilean Alicia Galaz Vivar looks to the day when men erase their superior smiles and wash away "the sad fury of mortal decisions"; Puerto Rican Olga Nolla lashes out at Aristotle for calling women "mutilated men"; and Mexican Rosario Castellanos reflects that "we give life only to what we hate." The anthology is not bilingual, and the translators are individually noted. Although none of the Sweet Girls cross over into Paper Dance, nearly half of the 55 Latino poets featured in Paper Dance are also women, and their bicultural testimony is sometimes more intense. Sandra Maria Esteves condemns Spain's "legacy denied," and Magdalena Gomez curses Columbus "who feared no error/as long as the crucified/did not look like himself." Others re-create Hispanic figures such as Joaquin Murieta or Federico Garcia Lorca or invent a "Marilyn Monroe Indian." Americans of every Hispanic background are represented, urban as well as rural. Julia Alvarez and Jimmy Santiago Baca are here, but (inexplicably) Sandra Cisneros and Ana Castillo are not. Recommended for poetry collections.-Jack Shreve, Allegany Community Coll., Cumberland, Md.
Midwest Book Review
Latino writing is flourishing in this country: this is the first anthology to gather Latino poets from diverse origins in the Latin world, from Mexico to Cuba. Over fifty poets are highlighted in a collection which gathers some common cultural themes under one cover.
Harvard Review
Stripped of rhetoric and artifice, these compassionate poems are felt more than thought. Readers should be prepared for weeping, laughing, and awe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892552016
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,360,094
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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