World to World
85 pages, 5 1/2 x 9
Release Date:01 Sep 2004
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World to World

The University of Arizona Press

In her second collection of poems, Valerie Martínez builds on the artistic command of language that characterized her award-winning first volume, Absence, Luminescent. Taking on not only such familiar themes as love and loss, family and culture, but also the creative act of poetry itself, World to World crosses new boundaries to chart a mature poet's awareness of her own voice and style.

Martínez explores the dynamic of creation/dissolution in original and intriguing ways. Here are the strange and provocative landscapes of the body and its disappearance . . . of matter and the absence of matter . . . of what is formed and what is falling from form. Throughout this compelling cycle, her deft manipulations of poetic structure disclose the boundaries where flesh, matter, and language become spirit, space, and "cataractical brilliance." In charting the relationships between time, form, body, language, and emptiness, World to World maps the territories where the visible and the invisible meet, offering unexpected discoveries for discerning readers.

RELATED TOPICS: Literature, Poetry
Valerie Martínez's first book, Absence, Luminescent, won the Larry Levis Prize and a Greenwall Grant from the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies, including American Poetry: The Next Generation, The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology, and Touching the Fire: Fifteen Poets of Today's Latino Renaissance. She teaches at The College of Santa Fe.
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