Thursday, June 9, 2011
Not quite sure about this one. I am pretty sure I bought it at the World Languages Center at the Yale book store. I was in town visiting the literary outlaw Richard Deming, who showed me this amazing section of the book store that carries publications in languages from around the world. I say I am not quite sure because I also have a copy of the sequel to this book, which I also recall buying there.
At the time I was teaching Spanish language poetry workshops to migrant farm workers in Central NY, most of whom had come from Mexico. One in particular was very serious about writing poetry and I had started working with him on writing a chapbook of his poems. The late Janine Pommy Vega, who also did workshops at the site, was also working with him.
I remember buying an extra copy of the Nuevas odas at Yale in order to give to him as a gift.
Now -- I have a memory that I owned the Nuevas odas first without actually owning a copy of the first Odas, this one. It's possible I may have bought this online or elsewhere -- if so, I don't recall when or where.
Unfortunately, my friend the poet left the states to return to Mexico for the wedding of one of his children, so I never got to see him again, and his book never got published.
Here's a link to some of the Odas: