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Emplumada (Pitt Poetry Series) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0822953277
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“A writer of unusual emotional strength, Cervantes uses the material of her own life to write poems that speak to everyone. . . . For an understanding of personal courage, it’s a great book. Cervantes’ command of her art is exciting, and her ability to draw the reader in is sure. What I wanted to do after finishing Emplumada was to read more work by this author: let this be the beginning of a beautiful career.”
--The New Woman’s Times Feminist Review

“No book before Lorna Dee Cervantes’ Emplumada has so completely and sharply drawn the East Bay and San Jose, California experience with full justice. No book has so successfully made the Californian urban and rural worlds of unfinished freeways and ‘spinached specked shoes’ of cannery workers come alive. No book has so carefully elucidated what living as a Chicana in the West means, and how ‘an intelligent, well-read person could believe in the war between races.’ Emplumada offers a number of troubled and delicated portrait of a woman’s world and how that antipatriarchal world has come to have meaning.”
--Revista Chicano-Riquena

“Cervantes' first collection is an extremely mature book. The poems are lyrical and well crafted; images recur and build upon one another as the book progresses. Personal but never confessional, she holds emotion in check.”
—Library Journal

“A brilliant first collection of poems by this leading Chicana poet. Sensuous and lyrical, she also sings of the heartbreak of injustice.”
—Midwest Distributors Catalogue

“The strength of Emplumada is the impact of a collection presenting the Chicana and the nature of her coming of age. . . . In Cervantes we have a talented woman who dares to tell us about her struggle to achieve her identity in a world hostile to her attainment of it. . . . The importance of the poems collected in Emplumada is their presentation of the emerging identity of a particular Chicana.”
—Open Places

“Real feelings –– not merely manufactured effects –– mark the first book of the promising young Chicana poet Lorna Dee Cervantes. She creates many scenes of dramatic intensity, made all the more powerful by her wise use of understatement. . . . [T]he poet allows neither propaganda nor self-pity to mar her well-constructed verses, whose moving core of universal human experience transcends their ethnic origins.”

About the Author

Lorna Dee Cervantes is the author of From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Loveand Hunger and Emplumada, which won an American Book Award. She is also co-editor of Red Dirt, a cross-cultural poetry journal, and her work has been included in many anthologies including Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry, No More Masks! An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Women Poets, and After Aztlan: Latino Poets of the Nineties. In 1995 she received a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award.


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Product Details

  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (December 31, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822953277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822953272
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tony Thomas on July 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
A few years after the time I talk about here, I met Lorna, she was a high school student, realizing that she was more than "gifted" student, realizing she was connected to the fires and fiths of her people. I can remember LDC telling me how she strained to hear Corky Gonzales on the radio from Denver, and remebers names like Jorge Angel Guiterrez before they got bought out. That flame still burns in her poetry even if she is a big time poet and a department head at a gavacho university. Read these poems, read them outloud, listen and u will hear yourself
I can remember in 1970 flying from Cairo Illinois where white cops and racist Klansman had intimidated and shot and murdered and embattled Black workers and farmers into a state of terror to Crystal City Texas, where La Raza Unida, a Chicano political party based on working class and farming Chicanos, and white and black workers drawn to the same needs ran Zavalla County.
The Chicano militancy of the 60s and the 1970s road on the backs of the Black and Puerto Rican struggles, rode on the backs on the open ears it had for Che and Fidel, for what was happening then in Chile, and from the fights in Mexico. It exploded across Texas, across California, across New Mexico, and Colorado, even in places like Minneapolis and Chicago, long before the millions of Mexicans who have come since then arrived.
This volcano erupted then, not as some freak occurrence, but because a people oppressed, denied their nationality will rise and fight until they gain their justice.
. Yet, the volcano of another Chicano revolt is simmering. Like all volcanoes, like the volcanoes under Blacks, and Puerto Ricans, under workers in and out of unions, under women, the longer the volcano does not explode, the bigger the explosion, the more it can blow the top off the mountain and let the lava flow, hot and burning, sweeping away the oppression of capitalism, remaking the world, making us free. Que Viva La Raza
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This is one of the most amazing collection's of poetry that have been written that deal with the Mexican-American experience and coming of age stories that also universal. If you are a lover of powerful and smart poetry, I recommend that you read this book back to back! Sonia V. González
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By Shelby on January 28, 2001
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Emplumada is amongst the greatest pieces that i have endulged in. the piece is taintinizing with it's emotionally deep twists and extreme display of emotions. the uniquely devised reflections devour my every thought and spand of atttention....
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