From Eve's rib
Gioconda Belli's poetry, widely published and revered in Latin America and Europe, celebrates the longing for a society in which humanity constructs its future, animated by an inextinguishable erotic, maternal, and transcentendly loving desire. As Salman Rushdie wrote in his book, The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey,her poetry is a "kind of public love poetry that comes clower, to expressing the passion of Nicaragua than anything I [have] yet heard."
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A collection of twenty-seven poems, presented in facing-page Spanish and English, from the Nicaraguan author and activist, Gioconda Belli. I first encountered Belli's work through her novel, The Inhabited Woman, and I immediately sought out her other books. From Eve's Rib was the only other title then available in English. These poems, infused with a strong feminist ethos, speak of motherhood and menstruation, love and country, and of course, revolution. Like a bridge between the intimate and the public, they bear out the maxim that "the personal is political." Every beautiful, well-crafted poem in this collection is worth the reader's attention, but my favorite is probably And God Made Me Woman, which opens the book like an invocation: And God made me woman. With the long hair, with the eyes, the nose and mouth of a woman. With curves and folds and soft hollows. God carved into me a workshop for human beings. Delicately wove my nerves and carefully counted and balanced my hormones; composed my blood and poured it into me so that it would flow through my entire body. And so ideas were born, dreams, instincts, everything that was gently created with hammering whispers and the drilling motions of love, the thousand and one things that make me woman every day, that make me arise proud, every morning, and bless my sex.
Review: From Eve's RibUser Review - Goodreads
Lovely and jogs the memory of the horrors of the Reagan years America's right-wing wants us to forget. Made me want to explore all her books.