Oct 2010 | 4.5 x 7.25 | 54 pp | 978-1-926655-16-1
the Line / Curvando la línea
Poetry by Carmen Leñero
Translated and with an introduction by Lorna
What I so admire
about her poems
their luminosity, their philosophical insights manifested
through the senses, their elegance, their aphoristic wit
I pray the reader will find here.
the Line / Curvando la línea is the latest result
of what has become a joyful exchange of poetry and language between
two women: "artists who risk everything to write and sing the stories
of their lives, no matter what the cost."
Mexican singer and
writer Carmen Leñero has published twenty books in various genres.
Her poetry, fiction and essays have won several literary awards and
grants, including the 1998 Nacional Poetry Award Carlos Pellicer, and
she has long been a member of the prestigious Sistema National de Creadores
de Arte of the Mexican Ministry of Culture (CONACULTA).
She has set to music
a number of her own lyrics as well as texts by contemporary and traditional
poets. She has produced and recorded five CDs. And, since 1991, she
has performed her poetry and songs in several cities in México,
the U.S.A. and Canada. No matter what the genre, her works combine thought,
emotion and voice into one whole esthetic experience.
Leñero sing in Spanish and in English from La perspectiva
del gato by Lorna Crozier.
Lang from Germany, editor of BluePrintReview has blogged about Carmen
Leñero and Lorna Crozier on her Daily S-Pess. Read it
Cover image: © Jaime Moreno Villarreal
Authors photograph © Ronald C. Sawyer
Translators photograph © Garth Martens
Some of the poems were previously published:
Carmen Leñero, "River" from Río, © 2008,
Ediciones Era, México
Moon Tales from Lunares, (Editorial Verdehalago, Mexico
City, 1994); Rain Forest from Bosque de lluvia,
La grieta, (Editorial Verdehalago, Mexico City, 1994); Sketches
from Notas en mi cuaderno, La grieta, (Editorial Verdehalago,
Mexico City, 1994);
The Magicians Wink from Birlibirloque, (Fondo de Cultura
Económica, Mexico City, 1988).
lastest book is the memoir Small Beneath the Sky. A Distinguished
Professor at the University of Victoria, she is the recipient of several
awards for poetry, including the Governor-Generals, and two honorary
doctorates for her contributions to Canadian literature. She has read
her poetry at literary festivals around the world. In 2009 Trilce Ediciones
in Mexico City published a collection of her poems translated into Spanish
by Carmen Leñero. She lives on Vancouver Island with poet Patrick
Lane and two fine cats.