Poetry. Latinx Studies. Translated by Lawrence Schimel. The open mouth of the Orcus, in the front-cover photograph, represents an entrance to the underworld, according to all the symbolism embedded in the Gardens of Bomarzo, built in the 16th Century in central Italy. And this book actually seems to play with different strata of reality and perception, with different states of the mind—as well as the soul. It proceeds from the concrete to the oneiric; from the past, constantly weighting down the present, to the timeless moment that perhaps in the final poems gives meaning to—or annihilates—all the dense phantasmagoria that courses through its pages.
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