Selected Prose and Prose-Poems (Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American & Latino Art & Culture)

By Gabriela Mistral, Stephen Tapscott

The first Latin American to obtain a Nobel Prize for Literature, the Chilean author Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957) is usually characterised as a therapeutic, maternal voice who spoke on behalf of girls, indigenous peoples, the disenfranchised, teenagers, and the agricultural bad. She is that political poet and extra: a poet of philosophical meditation, self-consciousness, and bold. this can be a booklet jam-packed with surprises and paradoxes. The complexity and structural boldness of those prose-poems, in particular the female-erotic prose items of her first ebook, cause them to a huge second within the background of literary modernism in a practice that runs from Baudelaire, the North American moderns, and the South American postmodernistas. it is a booklet that may be eye-opening and informative to the overall reader in addition to to scholars of gender reviews, cultural stories, literary historical past, and poetry.

This Spanish-English bilingual quantity gathers the main well-known and consultant prose writings of Gabriela Mistral, that have now not been as available to English-only readers as her poetry. The items are grouped into 4 sections. "Fables, Elegies, and issues of the Earth" contains fifteen of Mistral's such a lot obtainable prose-poems. "Prose and Prose-Poems from Desolación / Desolation [1922]" provides all of the prose from Mistral's first very important publication. "Lyrical Biographies" are Mistral's poetic meditations on Saint Francis and Sor Juana de l. a. Cruz. "Literary Essays, Journalism, 'Messages'" collects items that demonstrate Mistral's critiques on a variety of matters, together with the perform of educating; the writers Alfonso Reyes, Alfonsina Storni, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Pablo Neruda; Mistral's personal writing practices; and her social ideals. Editor/translator Stephen Tapscott rounds out the quantity with a chronology of Mistral's existence and a quick advent to her occupation and prose.

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Amado Nervo (–), Mexican modernista poet and essayist. . Vasconcelos used to be the Minister of schooling lower than whose aegis Mistral used to be invited to Mexico as unique academic advisor. . Antonio Caso (–), Mexican thinker, sociologist, historian, and cultural critic; based the assessment Savia Moderna with Reyes, Vasconcelos, and others. . Joaquín Edwards Bello (–), Chilean novelist, preeminent journalist, and literary ‘‘chronicler’’ for l. a. Nación in Buenos Aires.  Alfonsina Storni / Alfonsina Storni Alfonsina Storni Me habían dicho: ‘‘Alfonsina es fea’’, y yo esperaba una fisonomía menos grata que l. a. voz escuchada por teléfono, una de esas que vienen a ser algo así como el castigo dado a l. a. criatura que trajo excelencia inside. Y cuando abrí los angeles puerta a Alfonsina, me quedé desorientada, y hasta tuve l. a. ingenuidad de los angeles pregunta: ‘‘¿Alfonsina? ’’ —‘‘Sí, Alfonsina’’, y ella se ríe con una buena risa cordial. Extraordinaria los angeles cabeza, pero no por rasgos ingratos, sino por un cabello enteramente plateado, que hace el marco de un rostro de  años. Cabello más hermoso no lo he visto: es extraño como lo fuera los angeles luz de los angeles luna al mediodía. period dorado y alguna dulzura rubia queda todavía en los gajos blancos. El ojo fiel, los angeles empinada nariz francesa, muy graciosa, y los angeles piel rosada, le dan alguna cosa infantil que desmiente l. a. conversación sagaz de mujer madura. Pequeña de estatura, muy ágil y con el gesto, l. a. manera y toda ella, jaspeada (valga l. a. expresión) de inteligencia. No se repite, no decae, mantiene a través de un día entero de compañía su encanto del primer momento. Esta es nuestra Alfonsina. Muy poco nuestra físicamente, es decir, muy poco americana. Yo, que tengo una fuerte curiosidad de l. a. sangre, empiezo a documentarme . . . Alfonsina me da l. a. sorpresa de haber nacido en Suiza, en los angeles Suiza italiana. A renglón seguido de los angeles declaración, me cube su argentinidad voluntaria y de educación. Digamos, mejor, su bonaerensismo, porque tampoco hay en ella l. a. criolla de l. a. provincia argentina. Es los angeles americana nueva, es decir, l. a. sangre de Europa apacentada debajo de nuestro sol y con el ojo generoso de mirar las generosidades de l. a. pampa; los angeles americana futura, donosa jugadora de tenis, sin l. a. pesadez de los angeles criolla abotagada, e individuo humano espléndido, porque su madre miró el Mediterráneo y ella recibe el Atlántico en su mirada. Siete días pasamos con ella. Confieso que temía un poco el encuentro, sin dejar de desearlo, porque tengo el anhelo de las cosas mejores de este mundo. Las cartas nos habían acercado poco; tiene Alfonsina, al revés de los angeles americana, que se adorna epistolarmente, un deseo maligno de despistar a sus corresponsales. Acaso sea una defensa de l. a. calamidad que ha llegado a ser l. a. correspondencia entre literatos. Mi Alfonsina de las cartas period egoísta, burlona y alguna vez voluntariamente banal. En mi temor del encuentro había no poco de miedo inconfesado: hay en mí intereses unilaterales; estoy lejos de ser l. a. criatura rica que como los angeles buena tierra posee las cosas más diferentes y  L I T E R A R Y E S S AY S , JO U R N A L I S M , ‘‘ M E S S A G E S ’’ puede dar contentamiento a muchos.

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