The Latin Poet's Guide to the Cosmo. By Susannah R. Drissi. ISBN-13: 9781098619916. $6.95.

6" x 9" Black & White on Cream paper 47 pages


Latin American poetry book, Latina literature book, Hispanic literature book, Hispanic Poetry book, Cuban American Poetry book, Romance literature book, Romance Poetry book


"Seriously playful, sublimely macaronic, SRD’s poems brilliantly explore the intimate geometries of languages in contact. The reader who accepts the challenge will come away from the collection with a renewed understanding of the ways in which our languages anchor us and set us adrift.”

A delightfully choreographed, and ultimately scintillating hoodwink, this extraordinary collection of poetry constitutes a cross-linguistic poetic event in which the correspondence between Romance languages is so close as to approach the condition of a new vernacular; and where the very issue of movement between languages is somehow central, and sound and rhythm are the fundamental characteristics of poetry. Written at the intersection of several romance languages, and most closely related to Spanish and Italian, the collection wears its Latinity on its sleeve; in other words, this is a collection fueled by the many convergences and divergences possible between Latin and its vernaculars, ultimately proposing that true Latinity is always first and foremost expressed through language. And, sometimes, also humor.

Esta extraordinaria colección de poemas, deliciosamente coreografiados y en última instancia triunfantes, constituye un evento poético interlingüístico en el que la correspondencia entre las lenguas romances es tan cercana como para abordar la condición de un nuevo idioma vernáculo; y donde el tema mismo del movimiento entre idiomas es de alguna manera central, y el sonido y el ritmo son las características fundamentales de la poesía. Escrita en la intersección de varias lenguas romances, y más relacionada con el español e italiano, la colección lleva su latinidad a flor de piel; en otras palabras, esta es una colección alimentada por las muchas convergencias y divergencias posibles entre el latín y sus lenguas vernáculas, que en última instancia proponen que la verdadera latinidad siempre se expresa primero y principalmente a través del lenguaje. Y, a veces, también a través del humor.

Questa straordinaria collezione di poesie, deliziosamente coreografata e in ultima analisi trionfante, costituisce un evento poetico interlinguistico in cui la corrispondenza tra le lingue romanze è così vicina da avvicinarsi alla condizione di un nuovo volgare; e dove la questione stessa del movimento tra le lingue è in qualche modo centrale, e il suono e il ritmo sono le caratteristiche fondamentali della poesia. Scritto all’incrocio di diverse lingue romanze, e più strettamente imparentato allo spagnolo e all’italiano, la collezione indossa la sua latinità sulla manica; in altre parole, questa è una collezione alimentata dalle molte convergenze e divergenze possibili tra il latino e i suoi vernacolari, in definitiva proponendo che la vera latinità sia sempre espressa innanzitutto attraverso il linguaggio. E, a volte, anche umorismo.

The Los Angeles Review of Books just published an amazing review of The Latin Poet's Guide to the Cosmos

https://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/reviews/begins-unexplored-latin-poets-guide-cosmos/ 

 

 

 

 

 

Susannah Rodríguez Drissi is an award-winning Cuban poet, playwright, and scholar. Her writing has appeared in anthologies such as In Season—Stories of Discovery, Loss, Home, and Places in Between (Winner of the Florida Book Award), and journals such as the Los Angeles Review of Books, Literal Magazine, Acentos Review, Saw Palm, SXSalon, and elsewhere. Her first novel, Until We’re Fish, was a finalist for the 2018 Tuscarora Award in Historical Fiction and is under consideration at a literary press. She has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA where she teaches in Writing Programs. Currently, she writes Letters from Camus, her second novel.