Grace Paley's Begin Again: Collected Poems PDF

By Grace Paley

The accrued poems--some by no means formerly published--of one among our best-loved, most precious authors.

Combining Grace Paley's 4 earlier collections and new unpublished work, start back traces the occupation of this direct, attentive, by no means predictable poet. no matter if she describes the vicissitudes and pleasures of existence in manhattan urban or the demanding fantastic thing about her adoptive rural Vermont, even if she celebrates the benefits of friendship or protests opposed to social injustice, her poems brim with the compassion and difficult solid humor that experience made her tales and essays well-known.

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Iba a saltar sobre esta condenada potranca sábelotodo, que se permitía relinchar contra la Biblia Americana, para acabar allí con sus provocaciones. Tuvo que supercontrolarse para no dar rienda suelta a estos impulsos que una de las mejores tradiciones americanas imputaba a los espíritus animales. En cambio cogió, impensadamente, uno de los frutos que le ofrecía la serpiente, significando con este gesto bíblico que cedería a la invencible concupiscencia en cualquier momento, obsedido por la necesidad de escapar al relati­ vismo ambiente, aun a riesgo de remontarse a los orígenes de toda ciencia.

Juana reprimió un nuevo gesto de desagrado al percibir, tan de cerca, el temblor de ese pequeño esqueleto lleno de rencor y de furia impotente. Había observado ya cómo la fealdad natural de estos aborígenes parecía acentuarse no bien se reunían, aunque fuera en grupos pequeños, particularmente cuando lo hacían obedeciendo a una comunidad de intereses. Pero ahora le pareció que esa fealdad, encuadrada aun en el marco de la legalidad burguesa pero excitada ya por la impotencia del mismo para contenerla, lo rebalsaba, confundiéndose allí, en el templo mismo de la justicia, con la amenazante promesa de una profanación.

Y bien, mi querido superhéroe. ¿Se encuentra usted a gusto entre nosotros? 28 La pregunta concreta se escudaba en un elevado plano de generalización. Batman prefirió restituirla a su más am­ plio contexto, mientras, inconscientemente, se sacaba sus guantes atiburonados, arrojándolos al pie de la cama. —Usted lo sabe muy bien, señorita Sommers. Sus amigos no me ayudan a que los ayude en la forma deseada. — ¿Deseada por quién? —preguntó ella a quemarropa. Pero las dudas de Batman no afectaban para nada a sus principios.

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