Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry

By Michael Wiegers

Not in view that 1959 whilst Octavio Paz and Samuel Beckett released An Anthology of Mexican Poetry, has there been a set which so completely examines the poetry of the rustic identified for being "too faraway from God and too with regards to the United States." but, as Elliott Weinberger writes in his introduction,

"Americans comprehend every little thing approximately God, yet subsequent to not anything approximately Mexico—few recognize that Mexico-particularly when put next to the United States-is a type of paradise for poets."

Reversible Monuments introduces this "paradise" to American readers. It contains significant overseas writers like Alberto Blanco, Pura Lopez Colome, and David Huerta, in addition to interesting more youthful poets, and poets whose paintings, whereas recognized within the Spanish-speaking international has no longer but visible booklet in English. The twenty-five poets represented are as varied as their American opposite numbers: they're city, trained, more youthful, good travelled, conscious of their literary background, and contain Buddhists, feminists, Jewish poets, experimental poets, darkly brooding poets, and playfully pleasing poets.

Until the Poem Remains

by Francisco Hernandez

Strip away the entire flesh
until the poem remains
with the sonorous darkness of bone.
And gentle the bone, polish it, sharpen it
until it turns into this sort of wonderful needle,
that it pierces the tongue with no pain
though blood chokes the throat.

Reversible Monuments features a fit bilingual choice by way of each one poet, beneficial properties an creation by way of Elliott Weinberger, and gathers the paintings of esteemed translators along that of more youthful translators. it is also biographies of the poets, notes at the poetry, and an in depth bibliography of up to date Mexican poetry.

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