Watchword (Hardback)
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Watchword (Hardback)

(author), (translator)
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Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 09/03/2012
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In her most recent book, Watchword-the winner of the Villaurrutia, Mexico's most esteemed literary prize-acclaimed poet Pura Lopez Colome writes of life at its brink with fierce honesty and an unblinking eye. This work shares the darkness, intensity, and skeptical hope of Thomas Hardy's great poems. Like them, Lopez Colome's poems have flashes of secular mysticism, sparked from language itself, which generate unforgettable passages and give voice to a world familiar and odd, wounded and buoyant. In the energy and intensity of her work and in her exhilarating words, we discover both a line of conduct and the source for a richer life. This bilingual edition features the poems en face in Spanish and English.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9780819571182
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 456 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Searching for 'divine narration, ' this poet drums on the heart of oblivion."--Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, Brooklyn Rail

"Both Dante and Dickinson preside over Watchword, Pura Lopez Colome's brilliant 'notes that day by day gather / something profound and gentle, eternal, / melodious, imagined, maternal' She reminds us just how worldly the otherworldly is. Forrest Gander's translation rings flawless and true."--John Ashbery

"Widely acknowledged and celebrated as a poet of lyric intensity and concision, Pura Lopez Colome here attains a new level of engagement with the poetics of perception in a world marked at once by harrowing personal experience and the transformative revelations of things as they are. Truly a splendid 'garden / of signs within signs.'"--Michael Palmer

"Watchword is a thought- and emotion-provoking book in that the subtext of several poems is a personal struggle with cancer whereas the texts themselves gander widely and maintain a kind of height that transcends the individual human condition."--John Taylor, Antioch Review

"Searching for 'divine narration, ' this poet drums on the heart of oblivion."--Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, Brooklyn Rail

"Gander observes that Lopez Colome's poetry has hermetic qualities, but he seems to want to let us in. His careful set of choices in the act of translation complements this attitude, allowing him to heighten the warmth in English even as he retains the discipline of Lopez Colome's movements."--Kristin Dykstra, BOMBsite

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