The History of Violets
Originally published in 1965, The History of Violets (Historial de las violetas) twists the familiar face of a family farm, populating the fields and grounds with gods, monsters, and a whole foamy army" of extras. Di Giorgio-whom Kent Johnson hails as "one of the most spectacular and strange Latin American poets of the past fifty years"-locks the natural and supernatural in a perilous dance, balancing humor and violence, beauty and danger, simple childhood memory and complex domestic drama. With disarming grace, these poems leave the reader swirling about, among the flowers, where no one is safe. "There's a lot at stake here, namely the opportunity for a new generation of American poets to take di Giorgio as a model for wresting the 'poetry of witness' away from humanism's easy faith in testimony and remembering that the imagination is the organ of compassion." -Farid Matuk"
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JimElkins - LibraryThing
A short book of thirty-five romantic, metaphysical, and surrealist prose poems about flowers, animals, and the author's family. The their best they're intense, and di Giorgio has a real talent for ... Read full review