Puerto Rican Poetry An Anthology

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This Volume offers the most wide-ranging and comprehensive collection of Puerto Rican poetry available in English. It includes the work of sixty-four poets, as well as many previously inaccessible selections from Puerto Rico's tradition of popular verse forms-coplas, decimas, and bombas-produced by anonymous writers. All are presented in English, contextualized and individually introduced by Roberto Marquez, a distinguished translator and literary scholar.

Book I, "Before Columbus and After, 1400-1820," focuses on the foundational origins of Puerto Rican poetry and the clash of competing visions embodied in the rich and heterogeneous corpus of anonymous popular verse forms. Book II, "The Creole Matrix: Notions of Nation, 1821-1950s," concentrates on the period in which a distinctively Puerto Rican consciousness emerged and the island's subsequent experience as a U.S. colony in the decades after the Spanish-Cuban-American War up to formal establishment of Commonwealth status. Books III and IV are devoted, respectively, to the era of insular "Critique, Revolt, and Renewal" in the mid-twentieth century and to the "New Creoles, New Definitions" that developed in the late twentieth century, including the distinct and parallel growth of Puerto Rican poetry in the mainland United States.

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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students.
Multi Cultural Review
Marquez's deft translations, many of poems previously unavailable in English, leave every lyric voice clear and unburdened.
Caribbean Review of Books
These are not just excellent translations; surely they are some of the best translations available for many of these poems, if not the only ones. . . . This collection is a treasure trove that has the potential to bring an underappreciated genre successfully to a new audeicne, and a priceless resource for anyone exploring Puerto Rican poetry, especially those who previously would have been hindered by language or lack of available resources."
CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies
There are few scholars who could have pulled this off with the erudition, wit and sensibility that Roberto Márquez has. . . . Márquez has managed to give us a true anthology of Puerto Rican poetry.
Multicultural Review
Major themes in history and the subject of poetry don't usually go together in the curriculum, but this anthology shows why they should. . . . Marquez's deft translations, many of poems previously unavailable in English, leave every lyric voice clear and unburdened.
KLIATT - Peter Neissa
From the very first pages this anthology takes you by surprise. It is a well-structured and clearly laid-out evolution of Puerto Rican poetry, from three centuries before Spanish colonization right up to the present, and it is full of historical detail and cultural context. The scholarship is astute and insightful, and allows the voices of those who were "there" to speak about the poetry they heard when they first encountered it. This allows for a historical context to emerge with the poetry that gives meaning and substance to a culture that has often been imposed on by other, dominant cultures. Marquez's translations are on the whole clear and substantive and free from word choices that allow for unintended double meanings that were not present in the original. Marquez is at his very best when he is translating humorous and sarcastic poems written as critiques of a hegemonic power. This is very evident in his translation of Hjalmar Flax's "The Lord's Prayer": "Our father who art in the office / hallowed be thy name. / Make us inheritors of your estate. / Thy will be done at home / as it is at work. / Give us this day our daily steak, french fries, / and chocolate ice cream…" This is an outstanding anthology and deserves its place among the best anthologies written on Caribbean and Latin American literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558495616
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 12/22/2006
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xvii
Introduction     xxv
Before Columbus and After, 1400-1820     1
Aboriginal Beginnings: The Areyto     3   Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo y Valdes (1478-I557)     7
The Colonial Crucible, 1508-1820     11
Conquistadors, Tropical Spaniards, Mimic Men, Proto-Creoles     11   Juan de Castellanos (1522-1607)     11
Elegy the Sixth (1589)     14   Fray Damian Lopez de Haro (1581-1648)     22
Puerto Rico (1644)     23   Anonymous     24
[Riposte] (1644)     24   Francisco de Ayerra Santa Maria (1630-1708)     25
Sonnet upon Her Death to Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1700)     27   Juan Rodriguez Calderon (1775-1839+)     27
To the Blessed and Beautiful Island of San Juan de Puerto Rico: A Canto (1816)     30   Miguel Cabrera (Dates Unknown)     35
The Jibaro's Verses (1820)     37
Vox Populi     41
Coplas I     43
Decimas I     45
Bombas     46
Songs     48
Coplas II     50
Decimas II     52
The Creole Matrix: Notions of Nation, 1821-1950s     53
Emergence to Intervention, 1821-1898     55   Maria Bibiana Benitez (1783-1875)     55
The Nymph of Puerto Rico to Justice (1832)     57   Alejandrina Benitez (1819-1879)     61
To My Lamp (1846)     63
The Submarine Cable in Puerto Rico (1870)     64   Santiago Vidarte (1827-1848)     67
Insomnia (1846)     68   Manuel A. Alonso (1822-1889)     70
The Puerto Rican (1849)     73
A Jibaro Wedding (1849)     73   Jose Gualberto Padilla (1829-1896)     76
To a Palacio, a Caribe Reply to Manuel del Palacio (1868)     80
Paraphrasis of the Sonnet "Puerto Rico" by Manuel del Palacio (1869)     86   Lola Rodriguez de Tio (1843-1924)     87
Anthem (1868)     90
Couplets (1876)     92
To My Absent Husband (1878)     93
Self-portrait (1893)     93
Mist (1893+)     94   Jose Gautier Benitez (1851-1880)     95
Puerto Rico (1879)     99
To My Friends (1880)     106    Francisco Gonzalo ("Pachin") Marin (1863-1897)     107
Hope (1898)     111
The Rag (1898)     112   Luis Munoz Rivera (1859-1916)     113
Nulla est redemptio (1889)     116
XXXIV (1891)     121
To Any Compatriot (1902)     122
To Her (1902)     123
Tradition, Trauma, and Transition     125
Parnasians, Modernistas, Hispanophiles, Jibaristas     125   Jose de Jesus Dominguez (1843-1898)     125
The White Houries (1886)     127
Echoes of an Era (1889?)     131   Trinidad Padilla de Sanz (1864-1958)     131
The Bath (1926)     133
Tropical Landscape (1943)     133   Jose de Diego (1866-1918)     134
To Spain (1916)     138
Hallelujahs (1916)     138
The Last String (1916)     140   Virgilio Davila (1869-1943)     142
Creole Venus (1912)     145
Nostalgia (1916)     145
The Town (1917)     147   Luis Llorens Torres (1878-1944)     148
Song of the Antilles (1913)     151
Distant Song (1926)      156
Creole Life (1935)     156
Collores (1940)     157
Feminists, Mystics, Negristas, Vanguardistas, and Nationalists     159   Clara Lair (1895-1973)     159
New York Nocturnes (1928)     161
Dark Adonis (1937)     162
Frivolity (1937)     163
Credo (1950)     165   Evaristo Ribera Chevremont (1896-1976)     167
San Juan (1938)     170
The Symphony of the Hammers (1943)     171
Plenirade (1943)     173
My Butterfly of an Antillean Isle (1964)     173   Luis Pales Matos (1898-1959)     174
Festival Song to Be Wept (1929)     176
Prelude in Puerto Rican (1937)     180
Mulatta Antilles (1937)     182
The Call (1953)     185   Jose Isaac de Diego Padro (1899-1974)     187
Semela and the Satyr (1921)     189
Epistle to the Pelican in the Park (1957)     190   Fernando Fortunato Vizcarrondo (1901-1977)     193
En Yo Granma, Where She At?     195   Clemente Soto Velez (1905-1993)     197
Solitude (1937)     199
The Achieved Emotion (1954)      200
#18 (1979)     202   Juan Antonio Corretjer (1908-1985)     204
Jail Cell (1949)     207
In Life It's Always a Going (1957)     208
The Convoy (1967)     209
Puerto Rican on the Moon (1980)     211   Carmen Maria CoLon Pellot (1911-2001)     212
Motifs of Mulatta Envy (1938)     215
Song to the Mulatto Race (Making of the Verse) (1938)     216
The Land Is a Mulatta (1938)     218   Julia de Burgos (1914-1953)     218
To Julia de Burgos (1938)     222
My, Oh My, Oh My of the Nappy-Haired Negress (1938)     223
Poem for My Dead (1954)     225   Francisco Matos Paoli (1915-2000)     226
Antisonnet to the Noble Sea (1944)     228
Biographical Summary (1978)     228
The Puerto Ricans (1985)     230   Violeta Lopez Suria (B. 1926)     230
A Few Stars in My Room (1957)     232
Litany II with Embedded Sonnet (1961)     233
Lovingly (1961)     234
Critique, Revolt, and Renewal     235   Hugo Margenat (1933-1957)     237
Landscape (1953)      239
Active Poetics (1955)     239
God Is Good (1956)     240
Links (1956)     241   Iris M. Zavala (B. 1936)     144
Words Words (1971)     246
XXI (1973)     247
The Pelagic Glance (1982)     247   Rosario Ferre (B. 1938)     249
Opprobrium (1982)     252
The Shadow of Guilt (1995)     252
Language Duel (2002)     253
The Bones of Conquerors (2002)     254   Olga Nolla (1938-2001)     255
A Sentimental Education (1976)     256
Ariadne, Postmodern, Constructs a Labyrinth (1994)     258
I Regret Having to Contradict My Elders (1994)     259
A Poet Doesn't Know for Certain (1994)     261   Marcos Rodriguez Frese (B. 1941)     263
Superavit (1969)     264
Hymn (1969)     265
Vital Poetics (1971)     266   Andres Gastro Rios (B. 1942)     268
Celebrating Vallejo (19??)     270
The Crime Was in Grenada (1986)     270
The Night and Poetry Have Something to Say (1996)     271   Hjalmar Flax (B. 1942)      273
Synthesis (1978)     274
The Lord's Prayer (1982)     275
Determinations (1982)     275
Poetic Injustice (1985)     276
In Articulo Mortis (2003)     277   Vicente Rodriguez Nietzsche (B. 1942)     278
Love Always Begins (1983)     279
Love Spumes Us Up in lts Fluid Cascade (198?)     280   Jorge Maria Ruscalleda Bercedoniz (B. 1944)     281
Let Not the Poets Say (1971)     283
Homicide (1997)     285
My Mother is a Seamstress (1997)     286   Juan de Matta Garcia (B. I947)     287
Satiric Decima (1990)     288   Manuel Ramos Otero (1948-1990)     290
Much as she would not Penelope abides... (1985)     292
I Left Behind the Streets of My Country (1991)     293
Vigil (1991)     294
Nobility of Blood (1991)     295   Jose Luis Vega (B. 1948)     297
One More (1974)     298
The Body of Language (1989)     299
Passion Solo II (1996)     300
Passion Solo IV (1996)     301   Luz Ivonne Ochart (B. 1949)     302
Convalescence (1978)     303
New York, New York (1980)     305
Walking Down the Streets Listening to Boleros, Boleros, and Boleros (1981)     307   Vanessa Droz (B. 1952)     309
The Sixth Glass (1982)     310
To Encircle the Fire (1982)     311
Love's Body (1996)     313   Pedro Lopez Adorno (B. 1954)     314
Study for an Island Love (1996)     315
Variation on a Recipe (1996)     317
Caprico with Salsa Rhythm (1996)     318   Lilliana Ramos Collado (B. 1954)     319
Cliche Prosem (1981)     320
Condemned Women (1998)     321
Euclidiana (1998)     322
Consequences of Thermodynamics (1998)     322
Of Diasporas, Syncretisms, Border Crossings, and Transnationalizations: An AmeRican Sancocho     323   Rosario Morales (B. 1930)     325
Getting Out Alive (1986)     326
Africa (1986)     331
My Revolution (1986)     331   Jaime Carrero (B. 1931)     333
Jet neorriqueno/Neo-Rican Jetliner (1964)     335
Conversacion II (1964)     336
Lamento 0 (1964)     337    Jack Agueros (B. 1934)     338
Sonnet for 1950 (1991)     340
Sonnet for the # 6 (1991)     341
Psalm for Your Image (1991)     341
Psalm for the Next Millennium (2002)     342   Miguel Algarin (B. 1941)     344
Mongo Affair (1978)     346
High Wine in Beehive, Guyana (1978)     351
El Jibarito Moderno (1979)     352
Nuyorican Angel of Records (1997)     353   Lydia Cortes (B. 1942)     354
You Must Be in the Potatoes, Because You Look So Good (Second Language Acquisitions) (2002)     355
Bouillabaisse (2002)     355
Embouchements (2002)     356   Pedro Pietri (1944-2004)     357
Puerto Rican Obituary (1972)     358
Telephone Booth 905[frac12] (1973)     367
Traffic Misdirector (1983)     367
Nighttime Sunshine Mind Game (1994)     369   Louis Reyes Rivera (B. 1945)     372
No hole in a punctured poem (1977)     373
The adverb (1996)     374
January pigeons (19??)     376
Like Toussaint, so Marti (1996)     378   Miguel Pinero (1946-1988)      381
A Lower East Side Poem (1975)     382
This Is Not the Place Where I Was Born (1985)     384
The Menudo of a Cuchifrito Love Affair (1985)     387   Julio Marzan (B. 1946)     389
Che's Picture in Ramparts (1978)     391
The Pure Preposition (1986)     392
The Translator at the Reception for Latin American Writers (1995)     392
Arresting Beauty (2003)     393
Tom, Dick, and Sally (2003)     394   Alba Ambert (B. 1946)     395
San Juan Bautista Port, 1852 (2002)     397
Canticles of Desire (2002)     404
I Want to Remember (2002)     406   Felipe Luciano (B. 1947)     408
Jibaro, My Pretty Nigger (1968)     410
The Library (1969)     412
Maya (1988)     413   Sandra Maria Esteves (B. 1948)     422
Autobiography of a Nuyorican (1990)     424
Who Is Going to TelI Me? (1990)     425
Black Notes and "You Do Something to Me" (1990)     427   Victor Hernandez Cruz (B. 1949)     429
Energy (1968)     431
You Gotta Have Your Tips on Eire (1972)     431
Three Songs from the 50s (1976)     433
Atmospheric Phenomenon: The Art of Hurricanes (1997)     434   Tato Laviera (B. 1951)     440
Palm tree in spanglish figurines (1979)     441
Tito madera smith (1985)     442
AmeRican (1988)     445   Judith Ortiz Cofer (B. 1952)     447
The Idea of Islands (1987)     449
The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica (1991)     450
We Are All Carriers (1995)     451
Latin Women Pray (1995)     452   Aurora Levins Morales (B. 1954)     453
Child of the Americas (1986)     454
Class Poem (1986)     455
Heart's Desire (1986)     458   Martin Espada (B. 1957)     459
Black Train through the Ancient Empire of Chicago (1982)     461
Trumpets from the Islands of Their Eviction (1987)     462
Niggerlips (1990)     463
The River Will Not Testify (2000)     464   Naoimi Ayala (B. 1964)     467
Immigrant's Voice (1997)     468
Abuelo's Garden (1997)     469
In a World of Few Merengues (1997)     469
Historical Chronology     471
Select Bibiliography      485
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