February 1, 2006

BlogLogo1.jpgThe Post-Dario Age of Poetry
“In Spanish, there is poetry before and after Rubén Darío. The Nicaraguan (1867-1916) was the first major poet in the language since the seventeenth century, the end of the Golden Age whose masters included Garcilaso, Saint John of the Cross, Fray Luis, Góngora, Quevedo and Sor Juana. And despite an abundance of great poets in the twentieth century on both sides of the Atlantic–García Lorca, Alberti, Salinas, Cernuda, Neruda, Vallejo, Paz, Palés Matos, Lezama Lima, to name a few–his stature remains unequaled,” are the lead sentences of an essay by Roberto Gonzalex Echevarria for Nation magazine.

How an Narrative Device Changed an Art
In the New Left Review, Roberto Schwarz asks, “What made the greatest Brazilian novel of the nineteenth century, Machado de Assis’s Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas, a masterpiece of world literature? The strange fate of realism in an ex-colonial society, in which liberalism was a ruling ideology, modernity a universal ideal, and slavery still an everyday fact of life.”

What to Do with Rejection Notices?
Writers endure rejection more than the most obnoxious of salespeople. Always in written form. Therefore what is a writer to do with the missives. In a recent posting for Poets & Writers, Sarah Nelson shares her solution.

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