Item description for Bestiary: Selected Poems, 1986-1997 by Lourdes Vazquez & Rosa Alcala...
Traditionally, a bestiary is a collection of fables about actual or mythological animals. In this collection, however, Lourdes Vzquez has crafted a bestiary of a different sort with a compilation of sensuous poetry in which insects, animals, and strangers reflect her experience as a "Caribbean in exile." The poems resound with humor and grief, turn catastrophe into renewal, and playfully explore what happens in a world where the relationship between humans and beasts is still intact. At times edgy, this poetry is never cold. It is instead vibrantly alive, flowing in a confluence of desire and anger, passion and cool appraisal.
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Short stories, poetry, and essays by "Lourdes Vazquez have been published in anthologies and periodicals in Spain, the United States, and throughout Latin America. Her works include "Las hembras (Chile: Papeles del Andalica, 1987), "Poesia: La rosa mecanica (Omar Rayo Museum of Columbia, 1988), and "Historias de Pulgarcitio, a collection of short stories (Ediciones Cultural, San Juan, 1999). In 2002 she was a winner of the prestigious Juan Rulfo prize for short story.