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These exquisite love poems, some of them clearly addressed to women, were written by the visionary and passionate genius of Mexican letters, the seventeenth-century nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. In this volume they are translated into the idiom of our own time by poets Joan Larkin and Jaime Manrique. Some of them are rooted in Renaissance courtly conventions; others are startlingly ahead of their time, seemingly modern in the naked power of the complex sexual feelings they ...

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Sor Juana's Love Poems

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Overview

These exquisite love poems, some of them clearly addressed to women, were written by the visionary and passionate genius of Mexican letters, the seventeenth-century nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. In this volume they are translated into the idiom of our own time by poets Joan Larkin and Jaime Manrique. Some of them are rooted in Renaissance courtly conventions; others are startlingly ahead of their time, seemingly modern in the naked power of the complex sexual feelings they address.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299187033
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 88
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Joan Larkin has published the poetry collections Housework, A Long Sound, and Cold River. The editor of numerous anthologies, she is the recipient of two Lambda Literary Awards for Poetry. She teaches poetry writing at Sarah Lawrence and New England Colleges. Jaime Manrique is the author of the memoir Eminent Maricones: Arenas, Lorca, Puig, and Me, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press, the novels Twilight at the Equator, Latin Moon in Manhattan, and Colombian Gold, and two poetry collections, My Night with Federico García Lorca and Tarzan, My Body, Christopher Columbus. He lives in New York City and is an associate professor in the MFA program at Columbia University.

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Table of Contents





Foreword Sor Juana and Love


Manrique
Jaime




El hijo que la esclava ha concebido


When a Slave Gives Birth


Divina Lysi mía


My Divine Lysi


Pedirte, Señora, quiero


I Beg You Señora


Detente, sombra de mi bien esquivo


Don't Go, My Darling. I Don't Want This to End Yet


Esta tarde, mi bien, cuando te hablaba


This Afternoon, My Darling, I Kept Talking


Con el dolor de la mortal herida


Love Opened a Mortal Wound


¿Vesme, Alcino, que atada a la cadena…?


Look at Me, Alcino. See the Chain?


¿Qué es esto, Alcino? ¿Cómo tu cordura…?


Have You Lost Your Mind, Alcino?


Inés, yo con tu amor me refocilo


Inez, I Have to Gloat: You're Gorgeous


Inés, cuando te riñen por bellaca


Inez, When Someone Tells You You're a Bitch


¿Qué pasión, Porcia, qué dolor tan ciego…?


Portia, What Passion, What Blind Pain


En la vida que siempre tuya fue


Divine Laura, My Life Was Always Yours


Elegía


Elegy


De la beldad de Laura enamorados



Drunk with Laura's Beauty



Bello compuesto en Laura dividido



Laura Split in Two Beautiful Halves



Mueran contigo, Laura, pues moriste



Laura, Desire Dies with You



Afterword Translating Sor Juana


Larkin
Joan




About the Translators

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