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Dark Times Filled with Light

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  6 reviews
As Juan Gelman’s name begins appearing with regularity on lists predicting Nobel-Laureate-deserving poets, his work has also begun to appear in English. But only now are the most stunning translations of Gelman’s poetry being published, and in one substantial volume. Dark Times Filled with Light traces the evolution of a gifted lyrical poet’s encounter with the political, ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Open Letter
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Mike Puma

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

spanning nearly four decades, dark times filled with light assembles poems from more than two dozen collections of juan gelman's work. the exiled argentine poet is a luminary of latin american letters - now nearing his mid 80s. his experiences fleeing argentina amidst the dirty war and the disappearances shaped much of his post-mid 1970s poetry. earlier poems contrast starkly, informed more by a wonder and marvel of life than the horrors of state violence that were to follow. there is a marked p ...more
Feb 11, 2013 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Saying that I enjoyed this book is true but also must be expanded upon. Juan Gelman, of Argentina, has been writing poetry for decades and, according to the introduction and back jacket is regularly "on the short list of Nobel Prize candidates" (xi).

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
Apr 21, 2013 Blake marked it as to-read
[I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway]

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.
lol. why do i keep reading poetry IT IS ALL BULLSHIT do you hear me mom *bullshit*
I received a free copy from the Goodreads First Reads Program. I enjoyed the poems.
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Juan Gelman is one of the most read and influential poets in the Spanish language. He has published more than twenty books of poetry since 1956 and has been translated into fourteen languages. A political activist and critical journalist since his youth, Gelman has not only been a literary paradigm but also a moral one, within and outside of Argentina. Among his most recent awards are the National ...more
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