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Drive: The First Quartetby Lorna Dee Cervantes
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This five-part collection of poems ranges from highly political to gently playful and personal.
"One of the first Chicana poets to achieve wide U.S. recognition, Cervantes did so with just two books, Emplumada (1981) and From the Cables of Genocide (1991); this substantial, versatile follow-up consists (subtitle not withstanding) of five distinct collections, that can be considered as discrete works. All show fire and range, and all draw on Cervantes's life on the streets as a teen and on her left-wing activism as an adult. The first, How Far's the War?, comprises poems of activism and protest against a global spate of injustices, from Latin American dictatorships to shortages in Eastern Europe: 'La plumage de justicia hangs from the broken/ arrows of palabras [words] breaking the media block/ Of Truth and Consequences of Free Trade Agreements.' The last, Hard Drive, collects warmly convincing poems of erotic and parental love, remembered, promised and achieved: 'Come,/ and let us eat/ up the hours/ between us.' BIRD AVE, perhaps the strongest, concentrates on Cervantes's youth, recalling 'what girls/ did in/ the barrio/ to get/ their 15/ minutes of fame.' About 10 poems are abbreviated appropriations of very famous poems by Bishop, Williams and others, with new titles. But this five-in-one volume reestablishes Cervantes as a singular voice." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Martin Espada calls this "a landmark work." DRIVE is a major collection of poetry by a walking legend in Chicana / Latina literature. DRIVE is the first book in 15 years by Lorna Dee Cervantes, winner of the American Book Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, two NEA fellowships, a Lila Wallace Readers Digest fellowship, etc.
Cervantes' first collection of poetry in 15 years, it is featured on the cover of the March/April 2006 Bloomsbury Review. ?This is a landmark work.? ? Mart?n Espada. DRIVE ?restablishes Cervantes as a singular voice.? ? Publishers Weekly. ?This is what it means to be a poet.? ? Ana Castillo ?She taught us that poetry can change the world.? ? Sandra Cisneros. ?Cervantes is a poetic force to be reckoned with.? ? Women in the Arts
Lorna Dee Cervantes' first book in 15 years, this collection of poems is called a "landmark work" by Martin Espada. Ana Castillo writes: "This is what it means to be a poet." National tour.
About the Author
Lorna Dee Cervantes is the first Chicana poet to be included in the Norton anthologies. She is the recipient of the Paterson Poetry Prize and the Latino Literature Award for From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger and the American Book Award for Emplumada.
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