These Are Not Sweet Girls

These Are Not Sweet Girls

Latin American Women Poets

Book - 1994
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Perseus Publishing
"Flowing effortlessly from the erotic to the political...Agosin has chosen poems that delight and inspire." --Ms. Magazine

This reprint of a White Pine Press classic brings together an astonishing range of work from the turn of the century to the present. Despite cultural maxims encouraging them to be silent, women continue to speak, often through the language of poetry, where there is an abundance of intuition and the possibility of reclaiming power through language. In the work included here, we see how the common threads of courage and inventiveness can be woven into a bright tapestry of women’s voices that presents a true picture of a culture that must create its own history. Over fifty poets, including those well-known, such as Gabriela Mistral, Alfonsina Storni, and Cristina Peri Rossi, and those just emerging are included.

Marjorie Agosín, editor of the Secret Weavers series, is well-known as a poet, writer, and human rights activist. She is a professor at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.


Blackwell North Amer
Women have always been close to words, singing, talking, whispering, despite cultural maxims encouraging women to be silent, they continue to speak, often through the sacred language of poetry, where there is an abundance of intuition and the possibility of reclaiming power through language.
This anthology gathers an astonishing range of work from the turn of the century and through the present. We can see how the common threads of courage and inventiveness can be woven into a bright tapestry of women's voices that presents a true picture of a culture that must create its own history and traditions. Both well-known writers such as Gabriela Mistral, Cristina Peri Rossi, Alfonsina Storni and Violeta Parra and those who are lesser-known are among the more than fifty poets included.

Publisher: Fredonia, NY : White Pine Press, c1994.
ISBN: 9781877727382
1877727385
Branch Call Number: 861 THE
Characteristics: 368 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Agosin, Marjorie

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May 01, 2018

Tired of women
of the terrible stories they told me,
tired of the flesh,
its trembling and yearnings,
like a hermit,
I took refuge in words. – Cristina Peri Rossi

Marjorie Agosin was well aware of the lack of female representation when it came to Latin American poetry in the U.S. When asked, one can usually spout off the names of at least one or two influential male poets: Gabriel Garcia Lorca and Pablo Neruda perhaps foremost among them. The Penguin Handbook of Latin American Verse only includes four women alongside seventy-six men. These Are Not Sweet Girls is Agosin’s passion project, her effort to fill the empty space on our bookshelves. This anthology includes poetry never before translated into English, and poets who have never had their work anthologized. Calling on female poets from Cuba, Costa Rica, Chile, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Guatemala, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, Agosin assembles a mosaic of voices, textures and experiences.

Recognizing similarities and repeated metaphors, Agosin painstakingly breaks the anthology into seven parts. Two that stick out particularly are parts one and four. The former, “Like the Magic Glow of a Paradise,” contains poems that share the themes of love, writing and desire, while the latter, “Silence That can be Heard,” serves an integral purpose in the anthology in highlighting woman’s role in the development of human rights and their bearing witness to the tortures, disappearances, and genocides that continue to blight Latin America. Lyrical, moving, and rapturous, These Are Not Sweet Girls is an indispensable addition to every poet’s bookshelf.

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