Secrets in the Sand: The Young Women of Juarez


"Night in Juarez was a perverse mirror/Where death breathed its hollow/Trophies over the sand."

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"Night in Juarez was a perverse mirror/Where death breathed its hollow/Trophies over the sand."

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In the last decade, almost 400 women in Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua, Mexico, have been raped, strangled, mutilated beyond recognition, and left in vacant lots, ditches, or, usually, the desert. With legal authorities failing to cooperate, the victims' families have been unable to prosecute the perpetrators, and to date no one has been arrested for the brutal slayings. Once again, noted poet and human rights activist Agosin (Spanish, Wellesley Coll.) invokes her poetic muse out of indignation to accuse those who allow these crimes to continue and to invoke sympathy and retribution for the victims. Like the socially committed poetry of her Chilean compatriot Pablo Neruda, Agosin strikes out against both official apathy and the inhumanity of the situation. In general, her verse is not as combative as one might expect; the imagery is less vitriolic and the passion more restrained. Nevertheless, the volume complements the poet's continuing efforts (as exemplified by her earlier Invisible Dreamer and A Map of Hope) to articulate, defend, and protest the wrongs of the oppressed, be they women, political prisoners, or Jews. Capably translated in a convenient bilingual edition; recommended for both public and academic libraries.-Lawrence Olszewski, OCLC Lib., Dublin, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893996472
  • Publisher: White Pine Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Marjorie Agosin is a poet, writer and human rights activist. She is also a professor of Spanish at Wellesley College and editor of our Secret Weavers Series. Celeste Kostopulos Cooperman is a translator and professor and Director of the Latin American and Carribean Studies Program at Sufflolk University in Boston, Ma.

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Table of Contents

Secrets in the sand : the young women of Juarez 11
No plants or rocks 25
All we know about them 27
Orphanhood 27
And the night was a precipice 29
Among the clouds 31
With sorrowful hearts 33
Always at the edge 35
Suddenly the city 37
She crossed borders 39
Sometimes 43
She stands on tiptoe 45
Nothing remains 47
I will tell you about them 49
I approach my nocturnal garden 51
I don't know who I will find 53
It is that feeling 55
Only death 57
I have wandered the countryside 59
Borders 61
Memory is the only witness 65
Sometimes I imagine them 67
That night 69
Dare 71
They continue growing 73
Before death justice 75
Rain 79
Wonder 81
News reports 83
She crosses borders 85
It was this living with death 87
Questions in the shadows 89
November 1 91
Death rattles 93
The Earth 95
Sorrow 97
Suddenly 99
Pain 101
She ebbs and flows 103
You return light of provisions 105
And the sea 109
The learning was in the loving 111
Sand 113
Learning 115
Silence 115
Poppies 117
Only memory 117
Perhaps we should not have 119
Silence 121
And her dream 121
I had no other option 121
She chooses 123
In the summer 125
Long and deep is the desert night 127
In Ciudad Juarez festive lights 127
The young girl of Ciudad Juarez 129
Poem regarding desert water 133
Land of ashes 139
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