Two Nicaraguan Poetry Anthologies
of the Nicaraguan Revolution
Poetry. 1993. Bilingual text translated and introduced by Dinah Livingstone, with chronology and notes. 300 pages. 36 poets. ISBN 0 904872 21 1. £8.95.
Poems by heroes and martyrs; members of the Sandinista government, and many others, both well-established and from the workshops that were set up all over the country immediately after the Revolution.
'Reading poems like Gioconda Belli's wonderful "Nicaragua Water Fire" we can know something of what it was like.' - Odyssey
Peasant Poets of Solentiname
Poetry. 1991. Bilingual text translated and introduced by Peter Wright with illustrations by Anna Mieke Lumsden.
118 pages. ISBN 0 904872 15 7. £5.95.
Poems by members of Ernesto Cardenal's peasant community in the Solentiname Islands on Lake Nicaragua.
'An unforgettable collection of short, concrete and vivid poems. . . Peter Wright's startling and crystalline translations.' - Morning Star
'It is good that these poems which demonstrate the creative riches of people who, materially, had very little, are published here... The joy and confidence of this writing both augur well for new flowerings in Nicaragua, and will inspire readers elsewhere.' Red Letters
Back cover illustration is a Solentiname peasant painting of the Resurrection. The figure in jeans and T-shirt is the risen Christ, wearing glasses and looking distinctly like the fallen Sandinista leader Carlos Fonseca. The names on the crosses are Donald, Elvis and Felipe, three community members who also died fighting for the Revolution, and who have poems in the book.