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Lluvia en el desierto = Rain in the desert : poems
Agosín, Marjorie.
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Santa Fe, N.M. : Sharman Asher, 1999.
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112 pages ; 18 cm
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PQ8098.1.G6 A24 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Poetry that is both memorable and haunting. --Isabel Allenda

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)

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Library Journal Review

Poet, critic, and human rights activist Agos¡n (Spanish, Wellesley) here embraces, attacks, and rhapsodizes about the parched desert, with all its physical permutations. The verse, sparse like the welcomed raindrops, reveals the interplay of dark ("Beyond the night,/ the great night of the Sonora/ desert") and light ("Desert light:/ savage and/ untenable"). As themes of silence, memory, gifts, and solitude also wend their way into this scorched environment, poems beautiful in their bleakness evoke a mental landscape as well. These bilingual pieces, the English translations of which are literal yet lyrically effective, possess thematic unity but are less strident than those in Melodious Women (LJ 1/98). The politics are more subdued here as well, though one cannot help think that at the heart of her reverie, Agos¡n conjures up the most mercilessly arid of all desertsÄthe Atacama in Chile, her embattled homeland. This anthology represents yet another remarkable contribution to the growing corpus of an important contemporary poet who transcends regional barriers.ÄLawrence Olszewski, OCLC Lib., Dublin, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.