Points of Balance: Puntos de apoyo

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Cuban-born New York poet Pablo Medina's bilingual fulcros are six-line poems that, as he writes, “combine the dialectic of the sonnet with the imagistic power of the haiku… shaping language and silence into a point of balance floating in the ocean of time.” These short poems, which are not translations of each other, draw us into an intellectual condition: Spanish and English, visual and theoretical, intimate and abstract, where “the thrush sings in the know-it-all woods.”

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Overview

Cuban-born New York poet Pablo Medina's bilingual fulcros are six-line poems that, as he writes, “combine the dialectic of the sonnet with the imagistic power of the haiku… shaping language and silence into a point of balance floating in the ocean of time.” These short poems, which are not translations of each other, draw us into an intellectual condition: Spanish and English, visual and theoretical, intimate and abstract, where “the thrush sings in the know-it-all woods.”

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"There are as many intricate and intelligent combinations of moods as there are fulcrums in "Points of Balance / Puntos de Apoyo," and only a mind of such range and reach like Pablo Medina could manage it. This book is nothing short of linguistic mastery."—El Paso Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884800641
  • Publisher: Four Way Books
  • Publication date: 3/22/2005
  • Edition description: Bilingual Spanish-English ed.
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

PABLO MEDINA is the author of many works of poetry and prose, most recently Puntos de apoyo (poems in Spanish) and The Return of Felix Nogara (a novel), which The New York Times called “delicious, astute, and darkly funny.” He teaches in the Writing Concentration at Eugene Lang College of New School University.
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Table of Contents

Mandate
Cosmologia
Mirage
Reproduccion
The Compliticty of the Familiar
Perro en tres partes
Lady with a Dog
Pasacalle
The Transmutation of Substances
El si de las ninas
Cityscape 1
Sistema cerrado
Fact and Famine
El martirio de Empedocles
Tourniquets and All
Ciudadela
Interregnum
La zozobra en Nueva York
Cityscape 2
La sombra de bipedo que me persigue
The Pillars of Community
Travesia
Purpose and Extravagance
El sitio de las ruinas
Cityscape 3
Isla portentosa
Dress Rehearsal
La llanura del tiempo he Geomeries of Summer
Proyecto de Luyano
Had We More Paradise
El abismo de las aves
Cityscape 4
Animula blandula vagula
The River
Llovizna
Samadhi
Luego soy
Waking Slow
Alevosia y pasion
Pastoral
Manual de instrcciones
Ex Libris
Astor Piazzolla
Verse Libre
Composicion en alta mar
Harcha: el Amor Pasa
Salon lezamiano
Ars Poetica
La palabrita
Debussy
El galan de los taburetes
Russian Doll
Nostalgia de la ausencia
Shibboleth of Central Park
Eeros y Tanatos
Temperance
Priapo
Breviary
A prueba de balas
Intertext
Capricho
Nostalgia
Parafrasis
Last Rite
Tiempo frio
One Size Fits All
Vencido de la edad
Plutonic Tonic
Elegia corta
Apothegm to Tacitus
El pan de cada dia
The global economy: Lesson One
Triste tropico
Pork Barrel
Mal tiempo
Rites of Spring
La ternura de la piedra
Amor vincit Omnia
Subterfugio entre tu y yo
Matinal
Noche de rondas
Tectonics of the Imperceptible
Paisaje con papalote
Leaky Faucet
El gran comer
Vegetable Tantra
Invencion en tres partes
Rearview
Catografia
Havana Dream
Los paises bajos
New Tango
La Habana a la deriva
Caprice
Periscopio sentimental #3
Emblem and Encomium
Bocanada de astucias
I Carry You with Me
Medinadas
The Poet as an Old Man
Exilio es olvido
Technique of What
Pecera de los animos
The Plasma Effect
La verdad en si bemol
All Hallows
Puntillismo farolero
First Frost
Sucubo
The Peasant Heart
Incubo  • The Fixed Mark
Abejon sinfonico
Before the Solutions
Venus en Varadero
Affliction
Caribeosidad
Venus in Varadero
El cubano y sus indicios
Smok eand Mirrors in Havana
Los apetitos del mar
A Dictionary of Guatemalan Bird Calls
Ya se todas las verdades
End of the Affair
Diapositiva de Manhattan
A Tentacle Approaching the Obvious
Vista de la Habana

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