- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: Eastern Washington University (January 1, 2006)
- Language: English, Spanish
- ISBN-10: 1597660167
- ISBN-13: 978-1597660167
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,685,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Angel of Rain (English and Spanish Edition)
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"Gaston Baquero's poems are dazzling islands in the sea of contemporary literature: an archipelago of haunting images and music rising from the very depths of the language."
"Gastón Baquero's poems are dazzling islands in the sea of contemporary literature: an archipelago of haunting images and music rising from the very depths of the language. 'Dream of him as our gift to God,' he writes of Federico García Lorca, the tutelary spirit of these poems, 'bursting with laughter, verse, passion.' The same holds for the dream named Gastón Baquero, who has the power to wake us from our torpor. The Angel of Rain, expertly translated by Greg Simon and Steven White, is a thing of wonder." (Christopher Merrill, author of Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain)
"In Baquero's poems a hedonism of clarity, rather than a tumult of the senses, impels us to experience moments where idea, the senses, and feeling are simultaneous and equally vivid. He is a poet whose erudition is lucid and whose tropes are profoundly revealing of a passionate self. Baquero is the spokesman for an erstwhile civilized cubanidad that still teaches and inspires. " (Ricardo Pau-Llosa, author of The Mastery Impulse)
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Baquero's poetry is by no means regional. Don't look for nostalgic reminiscences of his beloved Cuba. His poetry is universal, influenced as it was by major Spanish-speaking poets but also by Rilke, Walt Whitman and T.S. Eliot. There are clear echos --not imitations--of "The Waste Land" in "Testament of the Fish." His underlying erudition is evident, but never pedantic because it is organic. Baquero's poems indicate that he found pleasure in the "magical presence" of everyday objects and simple events, like the rain. Maybe that is why I so enjoyed the disciplined lyricism of the rain poems. This is a wonderful introduction to Baquero's work, skillfully translated for English-speaking readers.