Reversible Monuments Contemporary Mexican Poetry

ISBN-10: 1556591594
ISBN-13: 9781556591594
Edition: 2001
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Description: Not since 1959 when Octavio Paz and Samuel Beckett published An Anthology of Mexican Poetry, has there been a collection which so thoroughly examines the poetry of the country known for being "too far from God and too close to the United States."  More...

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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 8/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 520
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.980

Not since 1959 when Octavio Paz and Samuel Beckett published An Anthology of Mexican Poetry, has there been a collection which so thoroughly examines the poetry of the country known for being "too far from God and too close to the United States." Yet, as Elliott Weinberger writes in his introduction, "Americans know everything about God, but next to nothing about Mexico-few know that Mexico-particularly when compared to the United States-is a kind of paradise for poets." Reversible Monuments introduces this "paradise" to American readers. It includes major international writers like Alberto Blanco, Pura Lopez Colome, and David Huerta, as well as exciting younger poets, and poets whose work, while well-known in the Spanish-speaking world has not yet seen publication in English. The twenty-five poets represented are as diverse as their American counterparts: They are urban, educated, younger, well travelled, aware of their literary heritage, and include Buddhists, feminists, Jewish poets, experimental poets, darkly brooding poets, and playfully entertaining poets. Until the Poem Remains by Francisco Hernandez Strip away all the flesh until the poem remains with the sonorous darkness of bone. And smooth the bone, polish it, sharpen it until it becomes such a fine needle, that it pierces the tongue without pain though blood chokes the throat. Reversible Monuments includes a healthy bilingual selection by each poet, features an introduction by Elliott Weinberger, and gathers the work of esteemed translators alongside that of younger translators. It also includes biographies of the poets, notes on the poetry, and an extensive bibliography of contemporary Mexican poetry.

Alastair Reid was born in Galloway, Scotland on March 22, 1926. He was a poet, translator, and essayist. He wrote more than a 100 articles and poems for The New Yorker, beginning in 1943 and ending in 2004. He translated the works of Jorge Luis Borges and Pablo Neruda. He was the author of several collections of poetry including Oddments Inklings Omens Moments, Passwords, Weathering, Inside Out, and Outside In. He died on September 21, 2014 at the age of 88.

Preface
Introduction
Maria Baranda
Epistle of the Shipwreck
The weddings of flowers take place upon the stigma. Pollen unfastens when aurora begins, and in a moment life redeems itself and then withdraws
With only two or three stamens, masculine flowers burst. They rise from their own depths, glistening and moist. Loosely turning over, they bring themselves up under the sky midway between light and shadow. Voiceless they wilt, sluggish they die
Ecstasy
Efrain Bartolome
Tattoos in the Water
Intermezzo with Five Crocodiles
The Ill-fated Water
Alberto Blanco
Theory of Light
Quantum Theory
Set Theory
Theory of Fractals
The Accuracy of the Scale
Metamorphosis of a Chair
Three States and Three Kingdoms
Maps
Carmen Boullosa
Elysian Garden
Coral Bracho
In This Warm Dark Mosque
Fish of Fleeting Skin
From This Light
A Stone in the Water of Sanity
Upon It They Gently Reflect
The Hypothetical Spectator
Stone in the Sand
The Mysteries of Touch
The Allure of Forms
Buffalo Conde
Flower of Gold
Time for Trees to Dance
Give Away the Lie
Elsa Cross
Monsoon
Ivy
Mandap
Seva
Fabulation
Banyan
Pavilion
Words
Form
Epiphany
Balancing Act
Shakti
Alfonso D'Aquino
Hotel
Amorous
The Wedding
Metempsychosis of the Dog
"The sun opens its lips and says to us"
The Opened Orange of Light
Brief Viper
Antonio Deltoro
Cartography
Eggs Laid by a Tiger
Sunday
Anesthesia
Voyage
Pillows
Contemporaries
Secondhand Book
Neighbors
The Shy Ones
Gerardo Deniz
Muse
Meditate
Ignorance
The Authoritarian School and How a Respectable Literary Genre Was Born
Auditor
Christmas
Childish
Classified Ads
Merlin
Ark
Map
Act
Oedipus to the Third Power
Superior
Jorge Fernandez Granados
Minimal Ulysses
The Perfumist
Specters
The Promised Land
Account of the Marvels Whispered in a Mannequin's Ear
Malva Flores
Nomad House (excerpts)
Turbid Diction (excerpts)
Gloria Gervitz
Migrations (excerpt)
Francisco Hernandez
On How Robert Schumann Was Defeated by Demons
Claudia Hernandez de Valle-Arizpe
Hemicranea (excerpts)
David Huerta
Thirteen Propositions against Trivial Love
Machinery
Prayer for August 21
Pathological Beings
Bolero at Armageddon
Summer Mist
The Cauldron
Cancellation of a Construction Project
Descent
A Baroque Cell
Light from Parallel Worlds
Deck of Cards
Pura Lopez Colome
Dramatis Personae
Heartache
The Cubs
Death of the Kiss
Tedi Lopez Mills
And Never Did...
My Voice Faithful as a Shadow
The Dead Weight of the Land
An Ending by Pound
On Reading Virgil
Letter
Advertisement
Ernesto Lumbreras
"The sky" (1)
Overflowing Willow
Reunion of Cellos
Good-for-nothings on a White Corner
Keys of the Saint
A Green Hill, a Green Hill
The Horizon Burns
Regression of the Willow
Where to?
"The sky" (11)
Eduardo Milan
"I mean you as though referring to two furies because"
"Rabbit-foot effectiveness, nonentity of"
"Now that we're nothing, for example"
"I believe in nothing, I collaborate, I assist"
"Riddle me what marionettes are"
"I let myself be led because I let loose"
Five (excerpt)
"We can't go on like this: be truthful, empty"
"Do you care to remedy the faces of the gods?"
"One's alone in this: making masks"
"He sends word for them not to be in His place"
"What chorus?"
Fabio Morabito
Sponge
Scissors
Piazza Gimma
"I do not wish, in spite of all"
"I've forgotten the words"
"Elephants are born old"
"Maps are drawn on Sundays"
"I've never been in love enough"
"Compared to the condos of the living"
Josue Ramirez
Tepozan
Topography
Mechanical Heart
Of Fiction and Things
Juan Gregorio Regino
Cantares
Jose Luis Rivas
Red Tide
Thalassa
A Season of Paradise
A Knack for Slipping Away
River I
Francisco Segovia
Evening Star
Premonition
Chrysalis
There Where You Sleep...
Promise
We Never Come
It Isn't Gentleness
Vegetal Animus
Clarity of Silence
Pedro Serrano
Pool
Bullfight
Vertigo
Rosary
Inventory
Ticklish Moments
Boundary
Flying
Beacon
Treadmill
Victor Teran
It Was Early Evening
In the Palm of My Hand
Indecision
Six Variations on Love
It's Over
Natalia Toledo
Na Tacha
Zenaida
Olga's House
Temple
Silly Ghost
Na Aurea
Marcelina
Na Hermila Limon
Cielo Min
Revelation
Agricola
Bertha Beninu
Na Victorica Litru
Healers
Natalia
The Shadow That Draws the Light
Manuel Ulacia
On the Beach
Hampstead Heath
Return to the City
Conrail Wax Museum
In the Steam Bath
Aegean Sea
Visit to Turk's Head Pub
In the Ritz at Meknes
Arabian Knight
Tenochtitlan Blues
Veronica Volkow
Arcana IV: The Emperor
Arcana VIII: Justice
Arcana X: Fortune
Arcana XII: The Hanged Man
The Story of the Labyrinth
Wands
The Valley of Zapata
Heriberto Yepez
"Maniacs and Crazies"
On Coahuila Street
The Life of a Cucapa Woman
On the "Unusual" Lifestyle of the Cucapa Indians as Recorded by R. W. Hardy, British Lieutenant, While Exploring the Gulf of California
Juan Martinez, Juan Nobody, Juan All
Spanish Versions of Indigenous-Language Poems
About the Translators
Index of English Titles
Index of Spanish Titles
Index of Indigenous Titles

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