Toward the Splendid City (English and Spanish Edition)

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poetry, Chilean/US, tr Richard Schaaf

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Over recent years, U.S. readers have looked to contemporary Latin and South American poets for accounts of war, torture, and the mourning of loved ones. In some of her best poems, Agosin-born here and raised in Chile-depicts ravaged, if unexpected, landscapes: Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Auschwitz, or torturers in unnamed, vividly depicted countries. Unfortunately, struggle is not the main focus of this bilingual volume. Drawing upon her wanderings, Agosin works toward the metropolitan utopia suggested by the book's title and the titles of individual sections. Her descriptions are cliched at worst, unspecific at best. Jerusalem is described as having "insomniac eyelids." Cities are seen in the eyes of a son, a lover, and a mother. Despite her avowal to seek "what is/ luxuriantly/ innermost, hidden,/ untamed," she seldom penetrates the surface, making all cities sound alike. There are a few nice moments, but the whole is formulaic and unmemorable.
Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "Soho Weekly News," New York
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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