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Night Journey : Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation - Maria Negroni

Night Journey

Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation

By: Maria Negroni, Anne Twitty (Translator)

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Published: 17th February 2002
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One of South America's most celebrated contemporary poets takes us on a fantastic voyage to mysterious lands and seas, into the psyche, and to the heart of the poem itself. "Night Journey" is the English-language debut of the work that won Maria Negroni an Argentine National Book Award. It is a book of dreams--dreams she renders with surreal beauty that recalls the work of her compatriot Alejandra Pizarnik, with the penetrating subtlety of Borges and Calvino.

In sixty-two tightly woven prose poems, Negroni deftly infuses haunting imagery with an ironic, personal spirituality. Effortlessly she navigates the nameless subject to the slopes of the Himalayas, to a bar in Buenos Aires, through war, from icy Scandinavian landscapes to the tropics, across seas, toward a cemetery in the wake of Napoleon's hearse, by train, by taxis headed in unrequested directions, past mirrors and birds, between life and death.

"Night Journey" reflects a mastery of a traditional form while brilliantly expressing a modern condition: the multicultural, multifaceted individual, ever in motion. Displacement abounds: a "medieval tabard" where a pelvis should be, a "lipless grin," a "beach severed from the ocean." In one poem "nomadic cities" whisk past. In another, smiling cockroaches loom in a visiting mother's eyes.

Anne Twitty, whose elegant translations are accompanied by the Spanish originals, remarks in her preface that the book's "indomitable literary intelligence" subdues an unspoken terror--helplessness. Yet, as observed by the angel Gabriel, the consoling voice of wisdom, only by accepting the journey for what it is can one discover its "hidden splendor," the "invisible center of the poem." As readers of this magnificent work will discover, this is a journey that, because its every fleeting image conjures a thousand words of fertile silence, can be savored again and again.

"One of my own newest designated dreamers is the Argentine poet Maria Negroni, whose debut volume in English, Night Journey, takes the wordless logic of dreams and turns it into her own precise, oracular music. This book is pervaded by the spooky sense of a woman traveling in many directions, most of them unrequested, jouneying through shadows and mirrors, navigating the mysteries by shuttling between life and death."--Edward Hirsch, The Washington Post "Night Journey is a collection of prose poems, each recounting a dream sequence... Many of Negroni's dreams combine elements of surrealism and lyric narrative, which creates a matrix of symbols both archetypal and idiosyncratic through which the poet confronts generally nameless, yet recognizable, fears... It reminds me that when we read wonderful poetry it's as if we are privy to a delicious rumor, and we must pass it on."--Priscila Uppal, Toronto Globe and Mail "Arising from this intricate collection is a message. The poet comes to learn that her quest is both multiple and unified; for her, the act of writing cannot be separated from loving, from remembering, from voyagin out."--John Taylor, The Antioch Review

Translator's
Introduction
Esqueletos bajo el cielo
Skeletons under the Sky
La jaula en flor
Cage in Bloom
Cataacute;strofe
Catastrophe
Ecuyegrave;re y militar
Equestrienne and Officer
Los bosques de marmol
The Marble Forests
La peacute;rdida
Loss
Gabriel
Gabriel
Heraacute;ldica
Heraldry
Van Gogh
Van Gogh
The Great Watcher
The Great Watcher
El espejo del alma
Mirror of the Soul
La ciudad noacute;made
Nomadic City
El padre
The Father
Diaacute;logo con Gabriel I
Dialogue with Gabriel I
Lido
Lido
La visita
The Visit
La guiacute;a telefoacute;nica
The Telephone Book
El mapa del Tiempo
The Map of Time
Napoleoacute;n II
Napoleon II
Los amantes
The Lovers
Los ojos de Dios
The Eyes of God
El caballo blanco
The White Horse
El bebeacute;
The Baby
Las tres madonas
The Three Madonnas
Tout cherche tout
Tout cherche tout
Carta a Segrave;vres
Letter to Segrave;vres
El diccionario infinito
The Infinite Dictionary
Las ventanas del siglo
Windows on the Century
Diaacute;logo con Gabriel II
Dialogue with Gabriel II
Los dos cielos
The Two Heavens
Fata Morgana
Fata Morgana
New Jersey
New Jersey
Rosamundi
Rosamundi
Encrucijada
Crossroads
La ceguera
Blindness
Midgard
Midgard
La ropa
Clothes
El diluvio
The Deluge
Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty
El viaje
The Journey
Die Zeit
Die Zeit
Diaacute;logo con Gabriel III
Dialogue with Gabriel III
Teoriacute;a de la luz
Theory of Light
Los hilos del ser
Threads of Being
Over Exposure
Over Exposure
Eternidad
Eternity
Los osos
The Bears
El mundo no termina
The World Doesn't End
Cuento de hadas
Fairytale
Terra Incognita
Terra Incognita
Peridural y despojo
Epidural and Plunder
Hieros gamos
Hieros gamos
Diaacute;logo con Gabriel IV
Dialogue with Gabriel IV
Simurgh
Simurgh
El libro de los seres
The Book of Being
El techo del mundo
The Roof of the World
El juego sin nombre
The Anonymous Game
Hurgatilde;lyatilde;, ciudad peregrina
Hurgatilde;lyatilde;, Peregrine city
Los cielos del otontilde;o
Autumn Skies
Teoriacute;a del buen morir
Theory of a Good Death
Casandra
Cassandra
Carta a miacute; misma
Letter to Myself
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ISBN: 9780691090986
ISBN-10: 069109098X
Series: Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 17th February 2002
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.14