Our Book: Florbela Espanca Selected Poems
ISBN: 0990788164
EAN13: 9780990788164
Language: English
Publication Date: May 25, 2018
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 0.5" H x 7" L x 5.25" W
Weight: 0.44 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Poetry. Translated by Billie J. Maciunas.The first collection of Florbela Espanca's (1894-1930) incandescent poetry to appear in English, OUR BOK is a song of the self--a proclamation of love, torment, and erotic exaltation in sonnet form--all intricately linked to the poet's life, mythologized as it transgressed the lot of women in Portuguese society.

To talk about poetry of the first half of the 20th century without talking about Florbela Espanca is to me the same as talking about poetry of the 19th century without talking about Emily Dickinson or Rimbaud.--Jonas Mekas

These haunted sonnets, each elegant and perfectly formed as a tear, drew me close to a poet I had not known, a short-lived woman who called herself S ror Saudade--as we might say Sister Yearning for all that never was and always will be. She reminds me of a poet of melancholy elegance from the furthest end of the European world, Cavafy: both poets veiled and took strength from the sorrow of their secret loves. Reading Espanca in Maciunas's lucid translations, I think that maybe all real love is forbidden love, and all we can do about it is be beautiful.--Robert Kelly

Florbela Espanca's stirring Symbolist sonnets, gathered in OUR BOK, ring through time and translation. This Portuguese poet died young and her passionate lyrics attest to a difficult and troubled life as 'a sunset of Read More chevron_right

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