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Filigrana encendida / Filigree of Light

Poemas / Poems

Olivia Maciel, Dan Bursztyn (Translated by)


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In Olivia Maciel's Filigree of Light, one enters a lyric of solitude and light, water and wind. Maciel is a poet who has the power to reveal and surprise, bringing one close to things. She approaches the unknown, searching with riddles and reverie.

Praise For Filigrana encendida / Filigree of Light: Poemas / Poems

“Exquisite imagery and lyricism. . . . The verses have a sense of rhythm that encourages the reader to pause and reflect.”

— Canning House

“An irrepressible splash of color links the forty-two poems in this new collection. . . . The reader will detect a persistent sense of images captured on the run, where the themes of the various poems refuse to pretend to deep meaning, but celebrate instead the glow of surface, the beauty of the concrete, and the shifting light that shines through words that sometimes appear to have been flung randomly onto the page. One can imagine this lyric imagination having spread all the poems out in a row and run lightly down the line flinging random spatters of color from a series of mischievously dripping brushes, like a translation of a Jackson Pollock painting into words.”—Foreword

Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award, Silver Rank (translation), 2002  
— Foreword

"Olivia Maciel's poems combine simplicity and passion to a degree rarely found in today's poetry. They offer observations so intense that they become voluminous occasions of transcendence. She is a remarkable poet."
— Mark Strand

"Olivia Maciel in her Filigree of Light gives us testimony of a poet who has discovered and applied what the word already is, and I cite her: a 'form of light…spring, stream of sonorous current.' It only remains for us to accompany her in seeing, feeling, listening…."
— Alberto Blanco

Swan Isle Press, 9780967880860, 102pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2002

About the Author

Olivia Maciel resides in Chicago, where she is a lecturer in Spanish and Latin American literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of Más salado que dulce / Saltier than Sweet, Luna de cal / Limestone Moon, and Filigrana encendida / Filigree of Light, as well as editor of the poetry anthology Astillas de luz / Shards of Light. She is the recipient of the José Martí Literary Award and most recently of ForeWord’s Magazine Silver Award for Filigree of Light in 2002. Kelly Austin is assistant professor of Spanish literature at the University of Chicago.