By Grace Paley
Prior to her loss of life in 2007 on the age of eighty-four, Grace Paley accomplished this clever and poignant ebook of poems. jam-packed with stories of family and friends and incisive observations of lifestyles in either her liked homeland, long island urban, and rural Vermont, the poems are sober and playful, experimenting with shape whereas final eminently readable. They discover the beginnings and ends of relationships, the binds that bind siblings, the workings of goals, the surreal strangeness of the getting older body—all imbued along with her specified point of view and voice. Mournful and sentimental, but in addition ruefully humorous and whole of affection, Fidelity is Grace Paley's passionate and haunting elegy for the lifestyles she used to be abandoning.
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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.
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