Dark Times Filled with Light
Argentine septuagenarian poet, Juan Gelman, has had a life that would overwhelm most people and leave them in despair. Instead, in the wake of a life fraught with loss (loss of country, loss of his only son [whose tortured body he had to identify] and daughter-in-law ‘disappeared’ during the Argentine “Dirty War,” the loss of a granddaughter probably born in a prison hospital before being given to a pro-government family, the loss of many, too many, compañeros), Juan Gelman writes the most engag...more
His early poems were the ones I liked the most and they are small commentaries on life, love, the act of poetry, and the typical mundane aspects of life. His middle and later poems are more focused on the Argentine reign of terror and the "disappeare ...more
I had no previous knowledge of Juan Gelman before I got this book. The poems are beautiful. Sad and hopeful, evocative and spare They aren't bogged down with flowery, fake language. Gelman (at least via this translation) uses real, every day language to express honest, and true feelings. They're exactly the kind of poems I enjoy reading. Hopefully, I can find more.