Thursday, April 13, 2006

blah blah blah my project

tuesday, longest day ever
Originally uploaded by Liz Henry.
I'm deep in the final stages of my thesis project, so have not been posting as I should here. In early May I'll be done with my degree & back in the blogging saddle.

I could talk about "my project" all day long, which is why I have not written about it here. I'd never shut up again once I opened the floodgates!

In March I went to South by Southwest Interactive, the "creative computing" branch of the SXSW festival in Austin. While I was there I got to sneak into AWP's final hour, bought a lot of books, and saw lots of friends from ALTA at Marian Schwartz's backyard party! It was great.

While in Austin I also spent two full days at the Benson Latin American Collection, a splendid, splendid library. I could barely tear myself away! Working on... you guessed it... "my project".

The research for it now fills five large 3-ring binders. The anthology itself, a collection of poems from Latin American women published between 1880 and 1930, is 200 pages long with the Spanish and my English translations and introductions for each poet. There are 24 poets from 11 countries. I am including an appendix with all the women I had to leave out.

I could spend years researching this project and working on it and still not feel "done".

So far my favorite poets of this time period who are a bit off the beaten track (if the beaten track is Mistral, Storni, Agustini, and de Ibarbourou) are shaping up to be: Enriqueta Arvelo Larriva, María Luisa Milanés, and María Eugenia Vaz Ferreira. The others are wonderful too or I would not include them, of course.

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