Tropical Town and Other Poems

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Poetry. Latino/a Studies. The Nicaraguan-born poet Salomon de la Selva poses a unique and fascinating case in the recovery of U.S. Hispanic literature. The challenge of studying de la Selva's first published collection of poetry, TROPICAL TOWN AND OTHER POEMS, arises as soon as we attempt to trace its literary lineage.... TROPICAL TOWN represents the first English-language collection of poetry by a Hispanic writer in the United Sates — a fact unknown to most scholars and students of Hispanic-American literature ...

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Poetry. Latino/a Studies. The Nicaraguan-born poet Salomon de la Selva poses a unique and fascinating case in the recovery of U.S. Hispanic literature. The challenge of studying de la Selva's first published collection of poetry, TROPICAL TOWN AND OTHER POEMS, arises as soon as we attempt to trace its literary lineage.... TROPICAL TOWN represents the first English-language collection of poetry by a Hispanic writer in the United Sates — a fact unknown to most scholars and students of Hispanic-American literature ... The hopes and visions within the pages of this poetic collection seek to move and inspire the American reader as well as reflecting the hopes and aspirations of Hispanic-Americans. TROPICAL TOWN constitutes de la Selva's call to all of us to build a bridge of understanding and solidarity between the continent's English- and Spanish-speaking peoples — Silvio Sirias, from the Introduction.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Tropical Town 61
Tropical House 62
Tropical Park 63
Tropical Morning 64
Guitar Song with Variations 66
Tropical Dance 69
The Midget Maiden 70
The Girl That Was Wise 71
Tropical Rain 72
The Haunted House of Leon 73
A Song for Wall Street 75
Tropical Afternoon 76
Tropical Life 77
All Souls' Day 78
Tropical Childhood 79
Birds of Clay 80
Body and Soul 81
My Nicaragua 83
The Dreamer's Heart Knows Its Own Bitterness 85
Deliverance 91
Portrait 92
The Secret 93
Confidences 94
Finally 95
Measure 97
Inmate 98
Song of the Magdalen 99
Cellini at the Metropolitan Museum 100
Three Songs My Little Sister Made: Make-Believe 101
Three Songs My Little Sister Made: Pennies 102
Three Songs My Little Sister Made: Moonrise 103
Sonnet ("Are you awake, Beloved? Come and see") 104
Courtship 105
Three Songs: Tryst 106
Three Songs: Worn Toy 106
Three Songs: The Birch Tree 106
A Prayer for the United States 109
Hatred 110
December 1916 111
Drill 112
Ode to the Woolworth Building 115
The Knight in Gray 119
Pastorale 123
The Tale from Faerieland 124
To a Young Man 129
The Box of Sandalwood (Ten Sonnets) 130
Candle Light 135
Fleur d'Or 136
Song of the Poppy 137
Song of the Poppy's Lover 138
Aria in G 139
The Sword of Wonder 140
First Love Revived (Seven Sonnets) 142
The Little Foxes 146
The Sorry Madrigal 147
"I Would Be Telling You" 148
"Her Wish Was That Myself Should Be" 149
To Those Who Have Been Indifferent to the Pan American Movement 150
"Oh Glorious Spendthrift Joy!" 151
The Modern Eve 153
Joy 154
Hunger in the City 155
The Maker of Red Clay Jars 156
Delgadina 158
Of Time and Song 161
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