Maria Victoria Atencia: Legend of Myself

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Maria Victoria Atencia: Legend of Myself

Legend of Myself

Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

2014

June 30th, 2014

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In this collection of 65 short poems, Roberta Quance exemplifies the range, vitality and mysticism of work by one of Spain's foremost, if controversial, contemporary female poets, drawing on the contents of a number of Spanish collections. In Atencia's poetry the poetic subject is often seen as someone who occupies an interior space, either crossing over the threshold from the outside world to an inner one (a garden, a house, a castle), or moving from the inner, home space to one even more interior: the world of dreams and imagination and hope, which can project outward into liminal spaces of the sky or the sea. A very basic paradox of Christian mystical experience- of abasement and magnification - haunts Atencia's work. She has made her own one of its fundamental tenets: the purging of self, the shedding of all trace of worldly attachment in order to ‘make room' for experience of a different reality: the self's sense of ‘nothingness' in the face of beauty is a prized moment in and of itself; it is sublime. Atencia's definitive manner: classically shaped verse in the tradition of the‘pure poetry' of the Generation of 1927, which makes myth of a womanly self, is amply explored in this first major English edition of her work to appear since 1987. Maria Victoria Atencia was born in Malaga (Andalusia) in 1931 and has lived there or in the country thereabouts all of her life Although trained originally as a pianist she chose a vocation for poetry, instead, publishing her first work in 1953 and continuing to publish to the present day. In 2010 she was given the Federico Garcia Lorca prize for poetry, in recognition of a lifetime of achievement. Roberta Quance is Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese Studies at Queen's University Belfast. She is author of books on mythology and modernity in modern literature and desire in the poetry of Lorca as well as articles on women writers and artists associated with the Generation of 1927 and translations of work by Carlos Piera.

Reading Legend of Myself, we may feel drawn from our ‘ephemeral natures’ and our ‘menaced temporalities’ toward realms intuited but not before known. If so, we will have experienced the power of poetry—and of translation—to conjure worlds beyond, contiguous with our own.
Linda D. Metzler, Bulletin of Spanish Studies

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Born in Canandaigua, New York, Roberta Quance was awarded a PhD in Spanish in 1982 from Cornell University. She has written for both scholarly and general audiences in Europe and the United States. She has lectured at the University of Utrecht, the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Queen’s University Belfast and currently resides in Madrid. María Victoria Atencia was born in Málaga (Andalusia) in 1931 and has lived there or in the country thereabouts all of her life Although trained originally as a pianist she chose a vocation for poetry, instead, publishing her first work in 1953 and continuing to publish to the present day. In 2010 she was given the Federico García Lorca prize for poetry, in recognition of a lifetime of achievement.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Title Page2
Copyright Page3
Contents4
Acknowledgments7
Introduction8
Selected Critical Bibliography38
Legend of Myself42
Arte y parte [A Hand in It]43
Sazón / Season43
Cañada de los Ingleses [Englishmen’s Ravine]45
Epitafio para una muchacha / Epitaph for a Young Girl45
Marta & María [Martha & Mary]47
1 de diciembre / December 1st47
Mar / Sea49
San Juan / Midsummer Night51
Dejadme / Leave Me53
Con la mesa dispuesta / With the Table Laid55
Ofelia / Ophelia57
Marta & María / Martha & Mary59
Los sueños [Dreams]61
Quintana / Quintana61
Color de rosa / Pale Pink63
El conde D. / Count D.65
El mundo de M. V. [The World of M. V.]67
El retiro de Fray Alonso / Fray Alonso’s Retreat67
Karlskoga / Karlskoga69
Ecclesiastes 3,5 / Ecclesiastés 3:571
Godiva en blue jean / Godiva in Blue Jeans73
El coleccionista [The Collector]75
Placeta de San Marcos / Little Square at St Mark’s75
Lázaro / Lazarus77
Compás binario [Binary Time]79
Castellar / Castellar79
Epitafio / Epitaph81
Jorge Manrique / Jorge Manrique83
Cuesta de la Reina / ‘Hillside of the Queen’85
La rama de oro / The Golden Bough87
Jardín / Garden89
Mujer de Lot / Lot’s Wife91
Convoy extranjero / Foreign Convoy93
Temporal de Levante / Storm from the East95
El mundo de Cristina / Christina’s World97
Paulina o el libro de las aguas [Paulina, or the Book of Waters]99
Paolina Borghese / Paulina Borghese99
Eva / Eve101
El río / The River103
Retrato de una joven dormida / Portrait of a Young Woman Sleeping105
Lavadero viejo / Old Wash House107
Esa luz / That Light109
La llave / The Key111
Trances de Nuestra Señora [Moments in the Life of Our Lady]113
La visita / The Visit113
Victoria / Victory115
Árbol de Navidad / Christmas Tree117
De la llama en que arde [Of the Flame in which Each Burns]119
Campo de Villanueva / Countryside around Villanueva119
Los Jerónimos/ The Hermits of St Jerome121
Al otro lado del tiempo / On the Other Side of Time123
Noviembre / November125
Varón de miel / Man of Honey127
Peñafiel en Castilla / Peñafiel in Castile129
El gesto / The Pose131
La pared contigua [The Adjoining Wall]133
La Gran Muralla / The Great Wall133
Baldío / Wasteland135
La marcha / The March137
La música / Music139
La intrusa [The Intruder]141
Hija mía, hija mía / My Child, My Child141
Clara Schumann a Brahms / Clara Schumann to Brahms143
La intrusa / The Intruder145
Verónica / Veronica147
De El Puente [The Bridge]149
Un Sobre / An Envelope149
Las contemplaciones [The Considerations]151
La umbela / The Umbel151
El viento / The Wind153
Cobijo / Shelter155
Jacintos / Hyacinths157
El hueco [The Hollow]159
Febrero / February159
La fuente / The Fountain161
Tierra / Earth163
De pérdidas y adioses [Of Losses and Goodbyes]165
Como el dios en el cisne / Like the God in the Swan165
El deseo / Desire167
El azor / The Goshawk169
El umbral [The Threshold]171
Los pájaros / The Birds171
La tinta, el curso azul / Ink, the Course of Blue173
Notes176
Major Works by Maria Victoria Atencia180