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Cosmic Canticle

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ISBN-10: 1880684934

ISBN-13: 9781880684931

Edition: N/A

Authors: Ernesto Cardenal, John Lyons

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In this epic poem, Cardenal explores Latin American history by relating the evolution of the universe to the development of human understanding. Throughout, Cardenal blends the visible and the invisible, science and poetry, religion and nature, in 43 autonomous yet integrated cantos. "Cosmic Canticle is a towering piece of work, a quite extraordinary achievement."-Harold Pinter "This epic will be compared to Neruda's Canto General. . . . Heady stuff."-Library Journal "Ernesto Cardenal is one of the most important poets writing today. He is one of the giants, in the tradition of Neruda and Guillen. And like all those bearers of a truly human truly transforming art, he is deeply political, deeply committed to struggle, and absolutely clear that to be art, rather than 'ain't,' the song must be truth to be beauty."-Amiri Baraka "Priest and Nicaraguan revolutionary as well as poet, Cardenal epitomizes what makes literature live in Central America today."-Booklist "Like Pablo Neruda, the Nobel Prize-winning poet from Chile, Cardenal combines politics and poetry while speaking forthrightly about the history of exploitation in the Americas."-National Catholic Reporter "This is much more than just another poet's collection of singular verse: Cardenal spent more than 30 years producing this epic, which relates Latin American history to the evolution of human understanding. More than 40 cantos in English are provocative creations."-The Bookwatch The towering figure of Latin American poetry, Ernesto Cardenal was born on January 10, 1925, in Granada, Nicaragua. In 1965, he was ordained a priest. He served as Minister of Culture for the Sandinista government from 1979 to 1988. He is currently the director of Casa de los Tres Mundos, a cultural organization in Granada, Nicaragua. Cardenal is the author of more than 60 volumes of poetry, essays, and criticism.
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Publisher: Curbstone Press
Publication date: 9/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 490
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

An ordained priest who lives in Solentiname, a community that he founded, and a member of the Nicaraguan cabinet, Ernesto Cardenal is Latin America's best known exponent of what might be called the literature of the theology of liberation. His poetry is the expression of tension between his faith and a strongly rooted sense of reality and the need for drastic change. Influenced heavily by Thomas Merton, by his residence in the Trappist community of Gethsemane, Kentucky, by English and American poetry, Christianity, and the fact of social injustice, Cardenal consciously writes antirhetorical and often didactic poetry. Frequently, he uses other sources: newspapers, Native American texts, and so on, just as the masses at Solentiname use nontraditional sources as subjects for discussion. Zero Hour (1980) details the existence of tyranny in America; the Psalms (1981) are a rewriting of the biblical Psalms of David for a modern world. The Gospel in Solentiname (1982) is a collection of dialogues or commentaries on the Gospels. Cardenal served as minister of culture in the government organized after the 1979 ouster of Anastasio Somoza in Nicaragua.

Big Bang
The Word
Autumn Fugue
Stars And Fireflies
Beyond And Closer To Home
The Infinitesimal Calculation Of The Apples
Condensations And Vision Of San Jose De Costa Rica
Song Of Spacetime
Canticle Of The Sun
Birth Of Venus
The Tree Of Life
The Hand
Nostalgia For Paradise
The Darkest Before Dawn
Journeys In The Night
Flights Of Victory
Towards The New Man
The Music Of The Spheres
Robber Barons
In An Unexceptional Galaxy
Room 5600
Latin American Documentary
Visit To Weimar
On Earth As In The Heavens
Dance Of The Millions
Quantum Canticle
Dance Of The Stars
The Empty Grave
In The Heavens There Are Dens Of Thieves
The Deep Outer Darkness
Ancient Sobbing Light
Like The Waves
The Grave Of The Guerrilla
Cosmos As Communion
Assaults On Heaven From The Earth
"The Desired Of Nations" (Of Peoples)
Flight And Love
The Canticle Of Canticles
A Certain Something That They Still