Cover image for An absence of shadows : poems
An absence of shadows : poems
Agosín, Marjorie.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Fredonia, N.Y. : White Pine Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
209 pages ; 22 cm.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PQ8098.1.G6 A6 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

On Order



Arresting poems depicting human rights abuses in Latin America.

Author Notes

Marjorie Agosin was born in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1955. She has written many books of poetry and fiction. Her childhood and early adolescence were spent with her Jewish family in Chile, where her family also participated in the dominant Catholic culture. The young Agosin became keenly aware of her dual identity in her country, both as a participant and as an outsider. The overthrow of Salvador Allende forced her family to immigrate to Athens, Georgia, where she was then ostracized as an emigrant.

She is a professor of Spanish at Wellesley College. The poet's current residence is in New England.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Published in honor of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations' Declaration of Human Rights, this bilingual volume makes available two of Agosín's out-of-print works: Zones of Pain (1988), and Circle of Madness: Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (1992). These and 16 new poems pay homage to "the spirits of the disappeared," mothers and children "immersed in silence" in Chile and El Salvador, and the Holocaust, "in the country of the dead." A prolific poet (Dear Anne Frank, LJ 3/15/98), Agosín has also edited collections by Hispanic women writers. Her graphic, psalmlike poetry, with deep empathy for the torture of political prisoners and women, chronicles a postmodern anatomy of grief. As mothers search for lost family members in "zones of pain," these emotional poems mourn the "nameless" dead where there is no "sanctuary in the truth." Joining anger and sadness with "the right to remember," this work "rings of hope."‘Frank Allen, Northampton Community Coll., Tannersville, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.