Reaching for the Mainland and Selected New Poems

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Poetry. This collection of poetry by the acclaimed Puerto Rican writer Judith Ortiz Cofer includes several new works as well as the original poems from her REACHING FOR THE MAINLAND, which appeared in "Triple Crown" (1987). Taken together, the poems in this volume provide a good overview of the work of a major poet.

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Overview

Poetry. This collection of poetry by the acclaimed Puerto Rican writer Judith Ortiz Cofer includes several new works as well as the original poems from her REACHING FOR THE MAINLAND, which appeared in "Triple Crown" (1987). Taken together, the poems in this volume provide a good overview of the work of a major poet.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780927534550
  • Publisher: Bilingual Review/Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Ortiz Cofer was born in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico, in 1952. She was raised on the island and in Paterson, New Jersey, before her family finally settled in Augusta, Georgia. She received her B.A. in English from Augusta College in 1974, and her M.A. in English from Florida Atlantic University, and did graduate work at Oxford University in 1977. Her collections of poetry include: THE YEAR OF OUR REVOLUTION: New and Selected Stories and Poems (1998), winner of the Paterson Book Prize given by the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College; The Latin Deli: Prose & Poetry (1993), winner of the Anisfield Wolf Book Award; Terms of Survival (1989), REACHING FOR THE MAINLAND & SELECTED NEW POEMS (1987), and Latin Women Pray (1980). Cofer is also the author of essays, fiction, and prose, and her work has been published in numerous anthologies. Her young adult book An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio (1996) has received several distinctions, including The American Library Association Reforma Pura Belpre Medal and the Fanfare Best Book of the Year award. Cofer's awards and honors include grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts for poetry, the University of Georgia Humanities Center, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Florida Fine Arts Council, and the Janet Rice Memorial Fellowship from Florida Atlantic University. She is currently the Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia, and an associate staff member of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

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Table of Contents

They Say 3
The Woman Who Was Left at the Altar 5
Housepainter 6
La tristeza 7
Moonlight Performance 8
On the Island I Have Seen 9
The Mule 10
The Man Who Lost His Handwriting 11
Woman Watching Sunset 12
Grace Stands in Line for Saturday Confession 13
What the Gypsy Said to Her Children 14
Pueblo Waking 15
Visiting La Abuela 16
The Gusano of Puerto Rico 17
The Fruit Vendor 18
The Source 19
Letter from a Caribbean Island 20
The Birthplace 21
Mother Dancing in the Dark 23
Crossings 24
My Father in the Navy 25
Arrival 26
Latin Women Pray 27
The Way My Mother Walked 28
Schoolyard Magic 29
Claims 30
A Photograph of Mother at Fifteen Holding Me 31
Walking to Church 32
"En mis ojos no hay dias" 33
Memory of La Abuela 35
Meditation on My Hands 36
She Has Been a Long Time Dying 37
Treasure 38
The Other 40
Room at the Empire 41
To My Brother, Lately Missed 42
Lost Angels 43
Closed Casket 44
We Are All Carriers 45
In Yucatan 46
Returning from the Mayan Ruins 48
Postcard from a Foreign Country 49
When You Come to My Funeral 50
Street People 51
Because My Mother Burned Her Legs in a Freak Accident 52
Progress Report to a Dead Father 53
Baptism at La Mision 55
Fever 56
A Poem 57
A-1-A 58
The Habit of Movement 59
Lesson One: I Would Sing 60
The Dream of Birth 63
Through Climate Changes 65
Photographs of My Father 68
Letter from Home in Spanish 70
Cold as Heaven 72
The Body Knows 74
Noche Nueve 75
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