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The Alphabet in the Park: Selected Poems (Wesleyan Poetry) [Paperback]

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Pages   80
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 31, 1990
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819511773  
EAN  9780819511775  

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This is the first book published in English by of the work of Brazilian poet Adelia Prado. Incorporating poems published over the past fifteen years, The Alphabet in the Park is a book of passion and intelligence, wit and instinct. These are poems about human concerns, especially those of women, about living in one's body and out of it, about the physical but also the spiritual and the imaginative life. Prado also writes about ordinary matters; she insists that the human experience is both mystical and carnal. To Prado these are not contradictory: "It's the soul that's erotic," she writes.

As Ellen Watson says in her introduction, "Adelia Prados poetry is a poetry of abundance. These poems overflow with the humble, grand, various stuff of daily life - necklaces, bicycles, fish; saints and prostitutes and presidents; innumerable chickens and musical instruments...And, seemingly at every turn, there is food." But also, an abundance of dark things, cancer, death, greed. These are poems of appetite, all kinds.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Adelia Prado has authored eight volumes of poetry and seven volumes of literary prose in Portuguese. The first in her family of laborers to see the ocean or go to college, Prado has lived all her life in the provincial industrial city of Divinopolis in Minas Gerais, Brazil. She has degrees in Philosophy and Religious Education from the University of Divincentspolis, and she worked for many years as a schoolteacher. She is the author of EX-VOTO: POEMS BY ADELIA PRADO (Tupelo Press, 2013), and The Alphabet in the Park: Selected Poems of Adelia Prado (Wesleyan University Press, 1990), both translated by the poet Ellen Dore Watson.

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Image, Syntax, and Mystery  Oct 10, 2006
Reading Prado's poetry is like taking a ride on a feisty mare. Part of the joy is all that muscle between your legs running with more power than a human will ever know. And that's the source also of terror. But Prado's terror is nothing worse than looking down into the mouth of death (most often, her father's) and being both intrigued and repulsed by its sweet sick odor. Like the above reviewer, I'm an atheist (or agnostic at best), but nevertheless Prado's devotion to her God doesn't make me break out in hives. She questions her spirituality as much as she devotes herself to it, and since I don't have the answers either, I appreciate her guts. Plus, she's so lusty, I get all wambly just reading her.

For example: "Can a woman have twenty orgasms? / I don't worry about such silly details. / I want love, superior love." And, "After the grave, the clock goes on ticking,/ someone makes coffee, everybody drinks it." (from "Concerted Effort.")

If you like the raveling syntax of David Kirby (without the smart-aleckiness); if you like the texture of Steve Orlen; if you like the spiritual questing in the common things of this world of Robert Hass; and especially if you like feeling like the author is sitting there with you chatting over a cup of yerba matte' about birth, death, and in-between, get this book.
One of my favorite books of poems  Jan 25, 2002
This is an absolute must-buy. If you like the poetry of fellow Brazilian Carlos Drummond de Andrade (and you should, because he's brilliant-- trans by Mark Strand and Elizabeth Bishop, title: "Running in the Family"), you'll love Prado. She is complicated, frank, has balls, and expresses the most amazing HYSTERIA. I mean, you'll be BLOWN away by this book. Takes lines like: "I'm not so ugly / that I can't get married."

She also has an outrageous devotion to God, not unlike Gerald Manley Hopkins-- which even an atheist like me can appreciate. In some ways, she's doing what I wish more contemporary American female poets were doing. She hits gender issues head on, in an utterly flamboyent, decadent, laughing/screaming kind of way.

I rank this book among my very favorites, among Stevens, among Plath, among Celan, among Rilke, among Trakl. If I could only keep ten books, this would be one. And I wish there were more translations of her work. Will someone please take on this project? I would if I knew Portequese.


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