The Light of Desire: La Luz del Deseo

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Marjorie Agos?n?s intensely personal long poem The Light of Desire is both a secular and sacred meditation on love and its meanings in the land of Israel. Following the tradition of the Song of Songs and the secular poetry of Sepharad, the beloved in The Light of Desire is both physical and metaphorical. The lovers? bodies are the paths, the geography, leading not only from desire to sensual pleasure, but to memory and illumination. The light on the pink stones of Jerusalem, the sunlight of Galilee, from hills to...

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Overview

Marjorie Agosín’s intensely personal long poem The Light of Desire is both a secular and sacred meditation on love and its meanings in the land of Israel. Following the tradition of the Song of Songs and the secular poetry of Sepharad, the beloved in The Light of Desire is both physical and metaphorical. The lovers’ bodies are the paths, the geography, leading not only from desire to sensual pleasure, but to memory and illumination. The light on the pink stones of Jerusalem, the sunlight of Galilee, from hills to the sea, the fragrant air and “mantle of stars,” all become one in this tender, rhapsodic expression of longing and desire. This is not unrequited love, but rather a reciprocal passion that brings exquisite pleasure, pain, a sense of fragility, and the hope and belief in that which is eternal.

The poem was written over a four-year span in Jerusalem’s Mishkenot Sha’ananim neighborhood, overlooking the wall of the Second Temple, and these hallowed surroundings imbued Agosín’s poetic voice. Lori Marie Carlson’s sensitive translation maintains the spirit of the original Spanish in this bilingual edition.

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Editorial Reviews

Image Journal

“This bilingual edition, translated into English by Lori Marie Carlson and with illustrations by Chilean painter Ramón Levil, is a feast for the senses, capturing all the light, color, tastes and sounds of the original Spanish. As spring renews the land, so Agosín’s volume renews the spirit as it unearths memories from person and place, and celebrates the wordless pleasures of the body, where our most intimate cartographies are merged and reborn, limitless and unbound.”—Image Journal

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“A luminous contemplation of love both secular and sacred. Translated into English by Lori Marie Carlson and with illustrations by Chilean painter Ramón Levil, . . . this story of a reencounter between childhood lovers is a feast for the senses, capturing all the light, color, tastes, and sounds of the original Spanish.”—Literal

— Eileen Mary O'Connor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974888170
  • Publisher: Swan Isle Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2010
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Bilingual edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Marjorie Agosín is professor of Spanish at Wellesley College and a human rights activist. She has written several volumes of poetry, essays, novels and criticism, among them Tapestries of Hope, Threads of Love and Cartographies.

 

Lori Marie Carlson is a lecturer in the Department of English at Duke University. She is the author of Cool Salsa, The Sunday Tertulia, and a number of award-winning books for young adults.

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Table of Contents

I           “Traviesa y despeinada…/Uncombed and bold…”

II          “Mientras me besas o me lavas…/While you kiss me or cleanse me…”

III        “Eres generoso…/You are generous…”
IV        “Tu voz, marea subterranean…/Your voice, subterranean tide…”

V         “Amo las cosas pequeñas…/I love small things…”

VI        “Tu memoria es mi noche…/Your memory is my night…”

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