In her latest
book, Poems for Josefina, award-winning author Marjorie Agosín
pays homage to her recently deceased grandmother, a vibrant and
woman whose dedication to family
and country transcended the turmoil of
as a Jewish immigrant in Catholic Chile.
In spare but
Agosín explores the conflicting emotions that characterize the
of exile, loss, and grief. This haunting collection of poems, limns a
compelling portrait of
the extraordinary woman whose spirit continues,
after death, to serve Agosín as muse and teacher.
"The poems in
this collection, written in Spanish and translated into English
by Betty Jean Craige, are inspired by Josefina Agosín Halpern,
grandmother, who lived a wondrous life in her native land of Chile and
there in August of 2002.
My grandmother was humorous, kind, honest, and guided by a sense of
and justice. The poems evoke
and recreate her life, tell of her delightful
eccentricities, and share the grief that accompanies the acknowledgment
loved one¹s death."
ALSO AVAILABLE by same author:
2. Mother, Speak To Us Of War /
Madre, Háblanos De La Guerra
Dreamer: Memory, Judaism, and Human Rights
3. Miriam's Daughters: Jewish Latin
American Women Poets