Palabras de mediodía/Noon Words
by Lucha Corpi
English translation by Catherine Rodriguez-Nieto
Publication Date: March 31, 2001
Bind: Trade Paperback
The long-awaited release of a work that “made” an Mexican American literary figure.
Palabras de mediodia/Noon Words is Lucha Corpi’s pioneering collection of poems that established her as a major figure in Mexican American literature. Written in Spanish and expertly translated by Catherine Rodriguez-Nieto, the poems fairly bloom off the page in a display of lyric virtuosity.
Corpi is the first of the Mexican American poets to explore through deeply personal and intimate feelings potentially explosive political topics, transculturation, the role of women, her commitment to social change, and the grand themes of love and death.
Highly sophisticated, enchanting, and well steeped in the literary tradition of Juana de Ibarbourou, Federico Garcia Lorca and Pablo Neruda, Corpi’s poetry successfully portrays the magic of her childhood in tropical Veracruz, her move to the city and the challenges of modern life in San Luis Potosi and the San Francisco Bay Area. Particularly moving is Corpi’s struggle to bridge the chasm between the obligations of family life and single parenthood and the career opportunities of the outside world.
“[T]his collection… represents her dawn.”
“A welcome addition.”
LUCHA CORPI is a poet, novelist and children’s book author. She is the author of a trilogy of mystery novels featuring Gloria Damasco, the first Chicana detective in American literature: Black Widow’s Wardrobe (1999), Cactus Blood (1995), and Eulogy for a Brown Angel (1992).Her latest book, Confessions of a Book Burner (2014), is a collection of personal essays and poems. A Laureate of the Indiana University Northwest and the San Francisco Public Library, she is the recipient of numerous awards and citations, including National Endowment for the Arts and Oakland Cultural Arts fellowships, the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Prize and the Multicultural Publishers Exchange Book Award for Adult Fiction. She has been a tenured teacher in the Oakland Public Schools Neighborhood Centers Program since 1973.