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Book Title: Another America/Otra America|
The author of the book: Barbara Kingsolver
Date of issue: August 28th 1994
ISBN 13: 9781878067579
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.11 MB
Edition: Seal Pr
Read full description of the books Another America/Otra America:I did not know that Barbara Kingsolver was a poet, and was delighted to encounter this book which address both personal and political stories with the power to change our lives. As Margaret Randall says in her introduction, "we will read them to ourselves and to our children, quietly and aloud, as anthems to a possible future as well as memories of a past that is not dead. We will read them in English and Rebeca Cartes' Spanish-- because these two languages linked give birth to a third”. Kingsolver also prefaces the five sections of this slim volume with an introduction that touches the core of what it is to write poetry. Unlike prose, it is not something you make happen, but rather something that happens to the poet. Her questions remind us of the contradictions that surround us; her poems recreate language to express "the voice that lives and sings in this time of failure, in a world based in greed".
Several weeks ago, I was involved in a discussion about anger and its place in poetry. There is no ready-made answer or "one-size-fits all" poem out there to address all that we can be angry about. However, Kingsolver provides the reader with a voice that is neither rant, nor self-pitying, neither filled with rage nor bitterness about injustice, but rather, a light, that contains "howl, cry, laugh" all at once.
Here is a poet who will demonstrate the power of line breaks, irony, paradox and layered meaning to twist away any callous defense against the contradictions of the human condition. Take "For Richard After All". The title will not tell you what "after all" means... nor spoil the fact that by the end of the poem, you will have a sense of at least three meanings of it.
The first line breaks "after all/these years" allowing different associations with “after all”. I first think of how we excuse our indifference, lack of action, "but that's not my problem, I have important things to do for me" – but then the poem allows the reader to see Richard, “after all” the others like him, who have died, and the value of each life,
each person to be "read with care, to the end, like/borrowed books".
You will read about the Nicaraguans killed by the Contras between 1980-1990 with the title, "Our Father Who Drowns the Birds". There are references to Ecclesiastes, and to the environment for all creatures and skillful handling of paradox: the "old grudges/fall, one by one,/on the roof of your house/sounding so much alike/they lull your babies to sleep.
Starting with "Beating Time" commemorating the removal of poetry as a requirement in Arizona's schools, the collection ends with "Your Mother's Eyes", which pays tribute to a daughter conceived by rape, but once born (since seed never remains what it was) allows the bells to ring with the promise of kindness, "the oldest/ kind of tomorrow".
To quote the excerpt from Animal Dreams on her website, “The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. The most you can do is live inside that hope, running down its hallways, touching the walls on both sides.”
Read information about the authorBarbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist, and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in Africa in her early childhood. Kingsolver earned degrees in Biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels. Her most famous works include The Poisonwood Bible, the tale of a missionary family in the Congo, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a non-fiction account of her family's attempts to eat locally.
Her work often focuses on topics such as social justice, biodiversity, and the interaction between humans and their communities and environments. Each of her books published since 1993 have been on The New York Times Best Seller list. Kingsolver has received numerous awards, including the UK's Orange Prize for Fiction 2010, for The Lacuna and the National Humanities Medal. She has been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
In 2000, Kingsolver established the Bellwether Prize to support "literature of social change."
Kingsolver was born in Annapolis, Maryland in 1955 and grew up in Carlisle in rural Kentucky. When Kingsolver was seven years old, her father, a physician, took the family to the former Republic of Congo in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Her parents worked in a public health capacity, and the family lived without electricity or running water.
After graduating from high school, Kingsolver attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana on a music scholarship, studying classical piano. Eventually, however, she changed her major to biology when she realized that "classical pianists compete for six job openings a year, and the rest of [them:] get to play 'Blue Moon' in a hotel lobby." She was involved in activism on her campus, and took part in protests against the Vietnam war. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1977, and moved to France for a year before settling in Tucson, Arizona, where she would live for much of the next two decades. In 1980 she enrolled in graduate school at the University of Arizona, where she earned a Master's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology.
Kingsolver began her full-time writing career in the mid 1980s as a science writer for the university, which eventually lead to some freelance feature writing. She began her career in fiction writing after winning a short story contest in a local Phoenix newspaper. In 1985 she married Joseph Hoffmann; their daughter Camille was born in 1987. She moved with her daughter to Tenerife in the Canary Islands for a year during the first Gulf war, mostly due to frustration over America's military involvement. After returning to the US in 1992, she separated from her husband.
In 1994, Kingsolver was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from her alma mater, DePauw University. She was also married to Steven Hopp, that year, and their daughter, Lily, was born in 1996. In 2004, Kingsolver moved with her family to a farm in Washington County, Virginia, where they currently reside. In 2008, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Duke University, where she delivered a commencement address entitled "How to be Hopeful".
In a 2010 interview with The Guardian, Kingsolver says, "I never wanted to be famous, and still don't, [...:] the universe rewarded me with what I dreaded most." She says created her own website just to compete with a plethora of fake ones, "as a defence to protect my family from misinformation. Wikipedia abhors a vacuum. If you don't define yourself, it will get done for you in colourful ways."
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