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Mother Tongue: Selected Poems
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Mother Tongue: Selected Poems

Pura López-Colomé

Pura Lopez Colome's true home is language rather than geographical place, and her poetry pays tribute to this debt to the mother tongue as source, origin, identity and consolation. She reflects on the nature of memory and its relationship to language, on the inescapability of the past, the possibility or impossibility of meaning, while resisting comfortable or easy answers. Her language is distilled to an apparent essence, at all times probing, suggestive and fearless.

Arlen House 2006

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