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Praises & Offenses: Three Women Poets from the Dominican Republic

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As tropical as it is topical, this landmark anthology gives voice to three powerful women poets from the Dominican Republic. Together they present a wide array of linguistic and stylistic elements, and they address shared political and cultural issues that illuminate what it means to be a woman in the modern-day Dominican Republic. Translator Judith Kerman, who began the a ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by BOA Editions Ltd.
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Erica
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
First, let me praise the project. There is comparatively little Dominican literature available in English that wasn’t written originally in English. The likes of Junot Diaz have wholly obscured the literary traditions they claim to belong to. Though to be fair, many South American literary traditions are relatively under-translated compared to the over-saturated interest in Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Cuba. But the Dominican Republic is perhaps the most overlooked. In fact, when I recently bega ...more
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Dec 07, 2012 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book, and I did love the first section of Aida's poetry. But the second and third poets were, in my opinion, poor choices to follow Aida. Not because they are bad poets or not accomplished, but because their styles and subject matters are so vastly different that the book lacks any cohesion. One would be likely to assume there are too few Dominican women poets to create a cohesive volume wherein revolutionary thought is centered, wherein we see the daughters of Aida ...more
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Aída Cartagena Portalatín (June 18, 1918 — June 3, 1994) was a Dominican prolific poet, fiction writer and essayist. She wrote in Spanish. Some of her work has been translated into English and other languages.

She was born in Moca, Dominican Republic, where she completed her elementary and secondary education. She is the daughter of Felipe Cartagena Estrella and Olimpia Portalatín. She later moved
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