The African Cuban poet Nancy Morejon set out at a young age to explore the beauty and complexities of the life around and within her. Themes of social and political concern, loyalty, friendship and family, African identity, women's experiences, and hope for Cuba's future all found their way into her poems through bold metaphor and tender lyricism. This panoramic anthology, selected from ten volumes of Morejon's work and organized by theme, contains some poems that have already been acclaimed in several languages, others that are less known, and some never before published. Overall they present to Morejon's readership an enhanced, broader, and updated spectrum of her poetry in a Spanish-English edition. Although Morejon does not sympathize as much with intellectualized feminism as with ""street"" feminism (the kind that erupts with force as it confronts daily life), her poems illuminate issues in women's existence. Without intending to, she has revitalized contemporary Caribbean feminist literary discourse. One can find in her work the tensions between colonizer and colonized, dominator and dominated, and at the same time enjoy the sheer beauty of images depicting suffering, strength, and hope. Poet, essayist, critic, editor, journalist, and translator, Nancy Morejon was born in the Los Sitios district of Central Havana in 1944. Her first book, Mutismos, was published in 1962, and she has collaborated throughout her career with leading musicians, playwrights, and actors. She has recently extended her artistic talents into the plastic arts. Morejon now directs the Caribbean Studies Center at Casa de las Americas, Havana, epicenter of Cuban and Latin American intelligentsia.
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 585 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
Every student of literature and anyone else, anywhere in the world, who would claim to have any reading habits and some appreciation of poetry, must read Nancy Morej?n. For your reading pleasure, your intellectual, emotional or spiritual enrichment, Nancy Morej?n's poetry is as much a necessity as the food we need to nourish our bodies.--Keorapetse Kgositsile "University of California, Los Angeles "
Looking Within is a powerful book of selected poems and a wonderful contribution to the world of literature. Morej?n's poetry is infused with an understanding of her African heritage and modern Cuban identity. Her poems capture the essence of encounters with family, friends, literature, art, landscapes, politics, history and Cuban reality. Her poems are lyrical, compassionate, complex and dazzling in their subtleties.--Jayne Cortez "poet "
This bilingual presentation and anthology of poems by Nancy Morejon...is a true celebration of her verse...Readers of both languages will rejoice.--Mary G. Berg "Harvard University "
As a whole, the volume offers readers in both Spanish and English an opportunity to become acquainted in depth with the work of a poet, who, as Ruth Behar has commented, 'has opened bridges in many directions' (Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba). Morej?n well deserves the many bridges that I hope Looking Within / Mirar Adentro will open for her."--African American Review