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ISBN-10: 0811228320
ISBN-13: 9780811228329
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 03/05/2019
Dimensions: 7.80" L, 5.10" W, 0.50" H

What’s in a Name

Translator: Margaret Jull Costa

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Price: $16.95

Overview

With the elliptical looping of a butterfly alighting on one’s sleeve, the poems of Ana Lui´sa Amaral arrive as small hypnotic miracles. Spare and beautiful in a way reminiscent both of Szymborska and of Emily Dickinson (it comes as no surprise that Amaral is the leading Portuguese translator of Dickinson), these poems–in Margaret Jull Costa’s gorgeous English versions–seamlessly interweave the everyday with the dreamlike and ask “What’s in a name?”

“How solid is a name if answered to,” Amaral answers, but “like the Rose–no, like its perfume: ungovernable. Free.” There is much freedom within Amaral’s poetry, room for mysteries to multiply, and yet her beautiful lines are as clear as water:

And that time of smiles Which does, incidentally,

really exist, I swear, as does the fire

And the invisible sea, which with nothing will agree

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In a limpid, poised poetry Ana Luísa Amaral evokes interlinked substances (a book, a mood, a mosquito, color itself, love and trust as central, being a mother, domestic moments and their metamorphic transformations) and affirms Being in the world with both a bedazzled clarity and a notable patience with mysteries and divisions. The strong poems of visitations by the muse herself evoke lyrics of Sappho, while Amaral's modernist side-glance takes in the oddity of the intersection of us and the cosmos of atoms and chance. Here is a lucid, forthright poet charmed by the paradoxes of each poem, by the tiny gestures and traces of life faceted within each poem, and by the vocation of poetry itself.–Rachel Blau DuPlessis
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Details

ISBN-10: 0811228320
ISBN-13: 9780811228329
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 03/05/2019
Dimensions: 7.80" L, 5.10" W, 0.50" H
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