Poetry. Latinx Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Tony Frazer and Luis Ingelmo. AMORGOS NOTEBOOK (El cuaderno de Amorgós) is a book-length sequence published in Mexico City in 2007, which won for the author Mexico's most prestigious national poetry award, the Xavier Villaurrútia Prize. Amorgos is the easternmost island in the Cyclades, where the author has spent much time, but this is no sequence of travel poems: rather the author fashions a rhapsodic celebration of place, bringing together—in one impressionistic whole—the light, the sea, buildings, birds and history—and Amorgos's history goes back beyond Classical Greece, to the obscure period almost five thousand years ago, which saw the creation of the remarkable sculptures now known as Cycladic.
Elsa Cross (Mexico City, 1946) is the author of a very large body of work. Since her collected poems (Poesía completa 1964-2012) appeared, three further titles have been published. A dozen of her books have been published in translation. Her poetry has received a number of awards, in Mexico and elsewhere, and in 2016 she was granted the National Prize for Arts and Literature, the most important such award given in Mexico. This is Elsa Cross's fourth book with Shearsman including BOMARZO (2019), AMORGOS NOTEBOOK (2018), and BEYOND THE SEA (2016).Author City: Mexico City MEX