The Spines of Love

The Spines of Love The Spines of Love collects work from V ctor Ter n s poetic oeuvre for the first time in a trilingual edition in their original Isthmus Zapotec an endangered indigenous Mexican language and in David S

  • Title: The Spines of Love
  • Author: Víctor Terán David Shook
  • ISBN: 9781632060006
  • Page: 417
  • Format: ebook
  • The Spines of Love collects work from V ctor Ter n s poetic oeuvre for the first time in a trilingual edition in their original Isthmus Zapotec an endangered indigenous Mexican language and in David Shook s Spanish and English translations Sensual and intricately wrought, these poems take readers on an emotional journey through love and loss with a searing lyricism entThe Spines of Love collects work from V ctor Ter n s poetic oeuvre for the first time in a trilingual edition in their original Isthmus Zapotec an endangered indigenous Mexican language and in David Shook s Spanish and English translations Sensual and intricately wrought, these poems take readers on an emotional journey through love and loss with a searing lyricism entirely Ter n s own His lover s body is a city where the poet can give perfect directions, her name slips over his tongue like a fish between the hands of a fisherman, and when she leaves him it s with memories like an ocean of incessant fish The Spines of Love stands for a simple but bracing truth Yes, love can hurt, but even after it departs, it strengthens usVIEWS I m reminded of Pablo Neruda in a bitter mood The poems are about lost love and betrayal, and the long free verse poems with short lines owe something to Neruda s laconic and confessional style There s also a dry wit in these pages.There are times it teeters on the edge of the sentimental, but somehow regains its balance just in time.Full of delightful twists of image when describing the poet s emotions.His style is graceful and vivid, his subjects compellingly familiar Judi Sutherland, Sabotage Reviews A significant array of stateless languages and cultures, while positioned outside the reach of dominant nation states, has begun recently to create new literatures as vehicles for those outsidered by the ruling powers.Like others so engaged, and perhaps than most, V ctor Ter n begins from a base in the Zapotec spoken and now written on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and in Oaxaca, and pushes outward to merge and become a part of the poetry and literature of the world at large.The importance of these poetries for a new poetry and poetics of the Americas is by now irreversible or should be Ter n s forthcoming publication by Restless Books in Brooklyn is but another step in that direction Jerry Rothenberg, Poetry and Poetics blog for Jacket 2

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