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These are not sweet girls : Latin American women poets
Agosín, Marjorie.
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Buffalo, N.Y. : White Pine Press, [2001]

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368 pages ; 22 cm.
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PQ7087.E5 T43 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This reprint of a White Pine Press classic brings together an astonishing range of work from the turn of the century to the present. Despite cultural maxims encouraging them to be silent, women continue to speak, often through the language of poetry, where there is an abundance of intuition and the possibility of reclaiming power through language. In the work included here, we see how the common threads of courage and inventiveness can be woven into a bright tapestry of women's voices that presents a true picture of a culture that must create its own history. Over fifty poets, including those well-known, such as Gabriela Mistral, Alfonsina Storni, and Cristina Peri Rossi, and those just emerging are included.

Marjorie Agos#65533;n, editor of the Secret Weavers series, is well-known as a poet, writer, and human rights activist. She is a professor at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

Author Notes

Isabel Allende was born in 1942 in Lima, Peru, the daughter of a Chilean diplomat. When her parents separated, young Isabel moved with her mother to Chile, where she spent the rest of her childhood. She married at the age of 19 and had two children, Paula and Nicolas. Her uncle was Salvador Allende, the president of Chile. When he was overthrown in the coup of 1973, she fled Chile, moving to Caracas, Venezuela.

While living in Venezuela, Allende began writing her novels, many of them exploring the close family bonds between women. Her first novel, The House of the Spirits, has been translated into 27 languages, and was later made into a film. She then wrote Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, and The Stories of Eva Luna, all set in Latin America. The Infinite Plan was her first novel to take place in the United States. She explores the issues of human rights and the plight of immigrants and refugees in her novel, In The Midst of Winter. In Paula, Allende wrote her memoirs in connection with her daughter's illness and death. She delved into the erotic connections between food and love in Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses.

In addition to writing books, Allende has worked as a TV interviewer, magazine writer, school administrator, and a secretary at a U.N. office in Chile. She received the 1996 Harold Washington Literacy Award. She lives in California. Her title Maya's Notebook made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

These Are Not Sweet Girls, an anthology of 53 Latin American poets (including a single Brazilian, Adelia Prado), strives to combat "the offical discourse of power" that keeps women's poetry outside the literary mainstream. Poets range from Gabriela Mistral (born 1889) and Alfonsina Storni (born 1892) to Teresa Calderon and editor Agosin (both born 1955). Chilean Alicia Galaz Vivar looks to the day when men erase their superior smiles and wash away "the sad fury of mortal decisions"; Puerto Rican Olga Nolla lashes out at Aristotle for calling women "mutilated men"; and Mexican Rosario Castellanos reflects that "we give life only to what we hate." The anthology is not bilingual, and the translators are individually noted. Although none of the Sweet Girls cross over into Paper Dance, nearly half of the 55 Latino poets featured in Paper Dance are also women, and their bicultural testimony is sometimes more intense. Sandra Maria Esteves condemns Spain's "legacy denied," and Magdalena Gomez curses Columbus "who feared no error/as long as the crucified/did not look like himself." Others re-create Hispanic figures such as Joaquin Murieta or Federico Garcia Lorca or invent a "Marilyn Monroe Indian." Americans of every Hispanic background are represented, urban as well as rural. Julia Alvarez and Jimmy Santiago Baca are here, but (inexplicably) Sandra Cisneros and Ana Castillo are not. Recommended for poetry collections.‘Jack Shreve, Allegany Community Coll., Cumberland, Md. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.