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  • Series: Wesleyan Poetry in Translation
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan; Trans. from the Portuguese edition (June 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819511773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819511775
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on January 25, 2002
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This is an absolute must-buy. If you like the poetry of fellow Brazilian Carlos Drummond de Andrade (and you should, because he's brilliant-- trans by Mark Strand and Elizabeth Bishop, title: "Running in the Family"), you'll love Prado. She is complicated, frank, has balls, and expresses the most amazing HYSTERIA. I mean, you'll be BLOWN away by this book. Takes lines like: "I'm not so ugly / that I can't get married."
She also has an outrageous devotion to God, not unlike Gerald Manley Hopkins-- which even an atheist like me can appreciate. In some ways, she's doing what I wish more contemporary American female poets were doing. She hits gender issues head on, in an utterly flamboyent, decadent, laughing/screaming kind of way.
I rank this book among my very favorites, among Stevens, among Plath, among Celan, among Rilke, among Trakl. If I could only keep ten books, this would be one. And I wish there were more translations of her work. Will someone please take on this project? I would if I knew Portequese.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By druek on October 9, 2006
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Reading Prado's poetry is like taking a ride on a feisty mare. Part of the joy is all that muscle between your legs running with more power than a human will ever know. And that's the source also of terror. But Prado's terror is nothing worse than looking down into the mouth of death (most often, her father's) and being both intrigued and repulsed by its sweet sick odor. Like the above reviewer, I'm an atheist (or agnostic at best), but nevertheless Prado's devotion to her God doesn't make me break out in hives. She questions her spirituality as much as she devotes herself to it, and since I don't have the answers either, I appreciate her guts. Plus, she's so lusty, I get all wambly just reading her.

For example: "Can a woman have twenty orgasms? / I don't worry about such silly details. / I want love, superior love." And, "After the grave, the clock goes on ticking,/ someone makes coffee, everybody drinks it." (from "Concerted Effort.")

If you like the raveling syntax of David Kirby (without the smart-aleckiness); if you like the texture of Steve Orlen; if you like the spiritual questing in the common things of this world of Robert Hass; and especially if you like feeling like the author is sitting there with you chatting over a cup of yerba matte' about birth, death, and in-between, get this book.
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Bought it as a present because I love Adelia Prado. The translation is ok but we know how hard it is to translate poems!
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