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La revisión de libro de los tiempos de Nueva York ha elogiado la ficción de Alvarez's mientras que "powerful... captura maravillosamente la experiencia del umbral del nuevo inmigrante donde no está todavía una memoria el pasado y el futuro sigue siendo un dream." ansioso; Estas mismas calidades caracterizan su poesía - del "Making encima del Past" poemas, que exploran una ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Plume (first published 1995)
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Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Actual Rating 4.5 rounded up for moments of absolute brilliance.

This book was a beautiful exploration of exile and the meaning of home. The Other Side/El Otro Lado (from now on referred to by either of its titles) is far more focused than Alvarez's later The Woman I Kept to Myself, really zeroing in on her experience as a Dominican-American and her discovery of who she is and how she fits into both/either/neither of her worlds. This comes in part, from the presence of longer poems and more focus
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
On my mind, Alvarez is one of the queens in Latina literature. Love her poetry, prose and fiction. As I am learning the Spanish language, reading poetry and listening to music in the language helps it 'stick'. ...more
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: free verse poetry lovers
Recommended to Judy by: Julia Alvarez
The Other Side is a nice sampling of Alvarez's autobiographical poetry. It is divided into 6 sections:

I Bilingual Sestina

II The Gladys Poems - A reflection of Alvarez's childhood in the Dominican Republic and the singing maid, Gladys.

III Making Up the Past - These poems are about the melting into the American life.

IV The Joe Poems - I really liked this collection of poems. The reader could see the exciting beginning of the relationship fade to the destined breaking off.

V The Other Side - The st
Fernanda Bueno
Great poems on Latino culture, immigration experience, assimilation, and struggling to find an identity between two languages. A must for bilingual writers who need help expressing their foreign feelings but can't find the words. ...more
Nichole Hollingsworth
While I normally enjoy Julia Alvarez, I didnt enjoy this book of poems as much as I had hoped. Several were hard to follow or understand. A few I did enjoy and she does have a way with writing the awkward tenderness of new live.
Jul 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
julia alvarez always comes through. most of her poetry was more like short stories or vinettes. but love love love her writing.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it liked it
A beautiful work, but her transitions are a tad jarring. I had a hard time deciding whether this was a work of prose fiction or poetry. That may be the kind of tension that makes it great however.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed The Gladys Poems and Making Up the Past. Other sections not so much.
This is a book of poetry, though of unusual form.
The longest is "The Other Side", 40 pages.
I am not into poetry, though this longer one was enough to give me a story.
This longer one, and some of the others, are written in long unrhymed lines.
No obvious rhythm/cadence though perhaps the lines do average about 6 stressed syllables.
In any case, I rather liked the text written in these lines that were each approximately a clause long; the separate lines force me to read a lot more slowly, and th
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super beautiful poems; many seem like prose poems. The people she is writing about are present and real. There is an attention to social class that complicates the duality of Spanish/English, DR/USA.
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Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. She is the author of six novels, three books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and eleven books for children and young adults. She has taught and mentored writers in schools and communities across America and, until her retirement in 2016, was a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College. Her work h ...more

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