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Two Poems by Cristina Peri Rossi

Two Poems by Cristina Peri Rossi Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/qui-parle/article-pdf/31/1/27/1607194/27rose.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 August 2022 translated by liz rose Cristina Peri Rossi was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, but has lived in Barcelona since the early 1970s, when she went into political exile. The only woman associated with the Latin American Boom, Peri Rossi has continued writing despite political repression, tenuous immigration status, and linguistic discrimination. She has published nineteen books of poetry and earned many literary prizes, most re- cently the 2021 Premio Cervantes. My translations focus on the theme of lesbian intimacy as it re- lates to queer concepts of home in exile. Peri Rossi’s portrayal of ex- ile is woven with eroticism, affection, and affect made manifest in corporeal experience. Yet her work highlights what is in excess of the corporeal, especially what is beyond normative body/spirit and human/animal distinctions. While “Blanca” and “Fertilization” describe distinct orientations to the paranormal, both texts engage the reader in unraveling the coherence of the normal. “Blanca” was first published in Descrip- ción de un naufragio (1975), a collection of poems using a shipwreck as an allegory for the rise of the Uruguayan dictatorship. Peri Rossi’s engagement with the visceral mystical in this poem is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qui Parle Duke University Press

Two Poems by Cristina Peri Rossi

Qui Parle , Volume 31 (1) – Jun 1, 2022

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Copyright © 2022 Editorial Board, Qui Parle
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1041-8385
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1938-8020
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10.1215/10418385-9669470
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Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/qui-parle/article-pdf/31/1/27/1607194/27rose.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 August 2022 translated by liz rose Cristina Peri Rossi was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, but has lived in Barcelona since the early 1970s, when she went into political exile. The only woman associated with the Latin American Boom, Peri Rossi has continued writing despite political repression, tenuous immigration status, and linguistic discrimination. She has published nineteen books of poetry and earned many literary prizes, most re- cently the 2021 Premio Cervantes. My translations focus on the theme of lesbian intimacy as it re- lates to queer concepts of home in exile. Peri Rossi’s portrayal of ex- ile is woven with eroticism, affection, and affect made manifest in corporeal experience. Yet her work highlights what is in excess of the corporeal, especially what is beyond normative body/spirit and human/animal distinctions. While “Blanca” and “Fertilization” describe distinct orientations to the paranormal, both texts engage the reader in unraveling the coherence of the normal. “Blanca” was first published in Descrip- ción de un naufragio (1975), a collection of poems using a shipwreck as an allegory for the rise of the Uruguayan dictatorship. Peri Rossi’s engagement with the visceral mystical in this poem is

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Published: Jun 1, 2022

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