Looking Within/Mirar Adentro
Selected Poems/Poemas Escogidos, 1954-2000
Translated by David Frye, Gabriel Abudu, Heather Rosario Sievert, Kathleen Weaver, Mirta Quintanales and Nancy Abraham Hall
Although Morejón does not sympathize as much with intellectualized feminism as with "street" feminism (the kind that erupts with force as it confronts daily life), her poems illuminate issues in women's existence. Without intending to, she has revitalized contemporary Caribbean feminist literary discourse. One can find in her work the tensions between colonizer and colonized, dominator and dominated, and at the same time enjoy the sheer beauty of images depicting suffering, strength, and hope.
About the Authors
Juanamaría Cordones-Cook is associate professor at University of Missouri, Columbia. She is author of Teatro negro uruguayo (Editorial Graffiti, 1996) and Poetica de transgresión en la novelística de Luisa Valenzuela (Peter Lang Publishing, 1991). Member of the Uruguayan Academy of Letters.
"Looking Within is a powerful book of selected poems and a wonderful contribution to the world of literature. Morejón's poetry is infused with an understanding of her African heritage and modern Cuban identity. Her poems capture the essence of encounters with family, friends, literature, art, landscapes, politics, history and Cuban reality. Her poems are lyrical, compassionate, complex and dazzling in their subtleties. This fine translated version of her work will encourage more research, more critical analysis and more dialogue among scholars of poetry and Latin American culture."—Jayne Cortez, poet
"As a whole, the volume offers readers in both Spanish and English an opportunity to become acquainted in depth with the work of a poet, who, as Ruth Behar has commented, 'has opened bridges in many directions' (Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba). Morejón well deserves the many bridges that I hope Looking Within / Mirar Adentro will open for her."—African American Review
"This bilingual presentation and anthology of poems by Nancy Morejon...is a true celebration of her verse...Readers of both languages will rejoice."—Mary G. Berg, Harvard University
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