What’s On Our Nightstands: Chiqui Vicioso’s Eva/Sión/es

ChiquiVicioso

Chiqui Vicioso’s Eva/Sión/es, Eva/Sion/s, Éva/Sion/s was published in 2007 by House of Nehesi Publishers, but I just received it this week, read it, and enjoyed it like a much-needed balm for the soul. This small trilingual tome— one long poem with translations from Spanish to English and French— is an absolute jewel. Presented at the 2007 St. Martin Book Fair by Cuban scholar Emilio Jorge Rodríguez, the book received wonderful reviews by critics and authors such as Adela Fernández (Mexican author), Agnes Lam (professor, University of Hong Kong), Lasana M. Sekou (author/historian, St. Martin), and Abel Prieto (Cuba´s Minister of Culture).

In her elegant introduction to Eva/Sión/es, Dominican scholar Daisy Cocco de Filippis describes the book as the “natural evolution of [the author´s] rapprochement to the culture that surrounds her, the plural and linguistically hybrid Caribbean to which she belongs,” an act of reconstruction and reconciliation through poetry. According to Adela Fernández, Vicioso “seeks the origin of her native land and the poet herself is the island, land circled by water, rhythm and voice tinged with silence. [. . .] she recognizes herself, reconstructs herself in the word and sees all that is root and flight. . . She travels, journeys: signs and myths flourish; rituals are enacted. In the local, she becomes universal, in the ephemeral she sows eternity.”

Award-winning poet, playwright essayist, and ambassador, Sherezada “Chiqui” Vicioso was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on June 21, 1948. Her master’s degree in education and post-graduate studies in cultural administration were obtained, respectively, at Columbia University and the Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil. Her work includes Viaje desde el agua, Un extraño ulular traía el viento, Volver a vivir: imágenes de Nicaragua, Julia de Burgos, Algo que decir: ensayos sobre literatura femenina Internamiento, and Salomé Ureña de Henríquez (1850-1897): A cien años de magisterio. She has written plays such as Wish-ky Sour, Salomé U: cartas a una ausencia, Desvelos [dialogue between Emily Dickinson and Salomé Ureña], Perrerías, and NUYOR/islas

For purchasing information, see http://www.spdbooks.org/Producte/0913441678/evasiones.aspx, http://www.houseofnehesipublish.com/, and http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=eva%2Fsion%2Fes

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