Call Number: PQ6722.A58 A8313 2021
Publication Date: 2021
Bilingual Edition: "Valverde's sharp meditation on the state of mind of a nation reeling from its historical contradictions and moral failings is startling...Forché's consummate translation and instructive introduction provide amap to help readers navigate this powerful book."--Booklist In Fernando Valverde's América, "sorrow is ancient." Mournfully lyrical, politically sharp, with a sweeping view of American roots, dysfunctions, and ideals--as if from above, and yet also from within--this is a book that deconstructs the legacy of empire. From the Mississippi River to Fulton Avenue, from slavery to "lone wolf" shooters, Valverde grieves but does not wince away from all that is lost to greed and a culture of violence, painting an urgent portrait of "the thirst of America / a smile satisfied to death." Valverde is widely regarded as one of the most important younger Spanish-language poets. Here his vibrant voice and convictions are translated and introduced by Carolyn Forché, herself a world-renowned poet of witness. Bilingual, with Spanish originals and English translations.