Tango and fairy tales mix freely in this seductive, irreverent, and sensual collection of poems. From a city that is at once Buenos Aires and all others, Alicia Borinsky brings to life reluctant mothers, slightly mad teachers, selfless wives, neighborhood witches, best friends, sworn enemies, torturers, vamps, cheats, and lovers—a gallery of characters who wink and boldly gaze back at us. Vignettes become poems and poems become vignettes, reflections that dance, reveal, conceal, enchant, confess, and dream.
Frivolous Women invites us to visit the darker and lighter sides of laughter and love and feel the tenderness of recovered memories as we cross the bridges of relationships and stroll down the mysterious streets of childhood. Alicia Borinsky reminds us that the revelations of poetry are always intimate and dangerous. Cola Franzen’s agile and insightful translation, crafted in close collaboration with the poet, is faithful to the letter and spirit of the original Spanish in this bilingual edition.
|Publisher:||Swan Isle Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Alicia Borinsky is professor of Latin American and comparative literature and directs the Writing in the Americas program at Boston University. Her recent publications include Golpes Bajos/Low Blows.
Cola Franzen has collaborated with Alicia Borinsky in the translation of several of her books, among them Golpes Bajos/Low Blows, Sueños del seductorabandonado/Dreams of the Abandoned Seducer, and Mina cruel/Mean Woman. She lives in Cambridge, Massachussetts.
Table of Contents
Tiernas y calculadoras / Tender and Calculating
Rental Moms/Madres alquiladas
Teatro de marionetas / puppet theater
Timorous women / Mujeres timidas
The China Venus / La venus de China
Buenos aires: photographs in black and white
Sera una despedida? / Farewell?