Sonnets To Madness and Other Misfortunes

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Poetry. Latino/a Studies. Alarcon's poems in SONNETS TO MADNESS AND OTHER MISFORTUNES/SONETOS A LA LOCURA Y OTRAS PENAS are written in the liberating Hispanic sonnet vein inaugurated by ONE HUNDRED LOVE SONNETS by Pablo Neruda. Breaking away from traditional rhyming schemes and speaking in the free running language of concrete images, various poetic currents meet and mix in response to the present Latino conjuncture in the United States, and to the human condition generally. "...Alarcon is the dark humming bird, alone, still and yet in motion in the arc of time" --Juan Felipe Herrera. Spanish, with English on facing page, translated by Francisco Aragon.

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Replete with image-laden longing, Francisco X. Alarcon's Sonnets to Madness and Other Misfortunes/Sonetos a la locura y otras penas, a bilingual collection translated by Francisco Arag¢n, has calculated as well as accidental impact, where words separate from their speaker: "when I say, `here hums another voice/ that dreams and delights in cornfields,'/ I'm unnailing the shutters/ trying to block the view." Alarc¢n, who teaches at University of California at Davis, has won the American Book Award and the Chicano Literary Prize, among other honors.

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