Unknowne Land by Elena Rivera

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Poetry. Lartino/Latina Studies. El‚na Rivera's UNKNOWNE LAND is a brilliant, mature, deeply engaging work, whose Question is constructed through its unfolding shape -- a developing exhalation of grief and wasted opportunity, both classical in its references and recasting of historic quest/myth, as well as expansively modern in its resistance to these known parameters. Rivera's writing is contemplative and thickly quiet, then bell-clear with linguistically researched tones of word on word, her ear perfectly pitched -- Kathleen Fraser. El‚na Rivera was awarded the Francis Jaffer Book Award for UNKNOWNE LAND. She is also the author of WALE: OR, THE CORSE, available from SPD.

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El?na Rivera was born in Mexico City and spent her childhood in Paris. She is the author of THE PERFORATED MAP (Shearsman Books, 2011), Mistakes, Accidents and the Want of Liberty (Barque Press, 2006), Suggestions at Every Turn (Seeing Eye Books, 2005), UNKNOWNE LAND (Kelsey St. Press, 2000), WALE; OR, THE CORSE (Leave Books, 1995), and a recent pamphlet entitled Disturbances in the Ocean of Air (Phylum Press, 2005). She received a MacDowell Residency fellowship March-April 2005, won first prize in the 1998 Stand Magazine International Poetry Competition, and was recently awarded the 2007 Witter Bynner Poetry Translator Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico. Rivera was recently awarded the 2010 Robert Fagles prize in translation from the National Poetry Series for her project The Rest of the Voyage, a translation of the French poet Bernard No?l, to be published by Greywolf Press late in 2011.
Published January 1, 2000 by Kelsey Street Press. 55 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rivera's debut makes a worthy first honoree, building on the work of poets like Susan Howe and Kathleen Fraser (who selected the book), and ""[t]ravelling/ in a felucca through/ a shade called `America.' "" The four elements--fire, earth, water, and air--respectively shape the book's first four s...

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