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Elsa Cross - Selected Poems

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Elsa Cross - Selected Poems

Published 2009. Paperback, 126pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins. ISBN 9781905700479
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Edited by Tony Frazer. Translated by Anamaría Crowe Serrano, Ruth Fainlight, John Oliver Simon, Michael Smith & Luis Ingelmo.

 Elsa Cross (b. 1946) is one of Mexico's most significant contemporary poets, and this is the first full-length collection of her work in English— a long overdue but welcome opportunity for Anglo-American readers to get a sense of the full breadth of her work. The work selected for this volume concentrates on her longer poems, which are at the core of Elsa Cross' work — ranging from the remarkable 'Bacchantes', which dates from the late '70s and early '80s and offered here in full, through 'Malabar Canto' — suffused with the spirit of India — and poems that are suffused with the pre-Columbian past to the odes, dithyrambs and elegies of the recent Greek-inflected works. Elsa Cross' work is typified by its strong metaphysical orientation, coupled with a dazzling surface and remarkable imagery, and offers the English-speaking reader a new experience. A poetry to be savoured, thanks to the efforts of the five translators at work here, all of whom worked closely with the author to bring these poems successfully across the language barrier.

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