Woman Of The River
As Carolyn Forche has written of Alegria’s previous selection of poems, Flowers from the Volcano: “These poems are testimonies to the value of a single human memory, political in the sense that there is no life apart from our common destiny. They are poems of passionate witness and confrontation. Responding to those who would state that politics has no place in poetry, she would add her voice to that of Neruda’s: we do not wish to please them . . . .” She carries within her the ancient blood of the Pipiles and laces her language with mesitizo richness.”
Praise For Woman Of The River: Bilingual edition…
“The noted author of Flowers from the Volcano speaks of political realities with an impassioned objectivity in these poems about Central America, which confront the loss of lives as well as the slow extinction of spirit, of a culture’s mythology, when war and political tyranny invade the heart of both private and public worlds.”
“Alegria’s vese is plainspoken, not at all given to elusive metaphor or dense language, as though her mission were too urgent for such roadblocks. Her tools are a keen visual memory (or as she says, ‘anaconda eyes’), an ear for a good story, and a knack for building to a flourish. . . . Woman of the River shows that Claribel Alegría has the grace to take new risks and land on her feet.”
—The Village Voice
“This bilingual collection directly addresses expatriate Alegria’s political ideology and, by means of vibrant, effective images, elevates it to an aesthetic plane."
“As in her previous book of poems, Flowers from the Volcano, [Alegria] has demonstrated in Woman of the River that she possesses an uncanny ability to explore and unveil the most demonic forces that drain the vitality of the collective unconscious and threaten to turn everything that is beautiful and sacred about life into a profane hallucination. . . . the most luminous voice of contemporary Central American poetry to resonate on the northern shores of this hemisphere.”
“One of the major voices in Latin American poetry presents a collection of poems that address the political realities of contemporary Central America, containing many works that are political, direct, and critical of the United States’ presence in Latin America.”
“A native of Nicaragua, Alegria can bare her deepest emotions, expressing love on one page and lashing out at the injustices served to people on the next. She is a political poet in the sense that common humanity and dignity rise above all intimacies of human life.”
—The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822954095, 112pp.
Publication Date: December 15, 1988