retratos mal hablados

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By Leonel Alvarado

An award-winning book of poems in Spanish by this talented Palmerston North based poet who straddles geography and culture with ease. Received a special mention and named runner-up in Latin America’s most prestigious poetry competition, the Casa de las Américas Poetry Award, in 2013.

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Publishers Casa de las Américas (Havana, Cuba) and HauNui Press have worked together to bring to print for Oceania audiences retratos mal hablados an award-winning poetry collection by Honduran poet Leonel Alvarado.

Written in three places: Honduras, the United States and New Zealand, it is a journey across different cultural and personal geographies. Split into two sections (26 and 23 poems respectively), the first section is called Alvaradismos (Alvaradisms) and explores the metaphoric implications of the poet's surname through different family connections. The second, Mínimos males (loosely translated as Minimal Evils), deals with issues such as war, love, social relations, and popular culture. 

The Casa de las Américas Poetry Award is based in Cuba and was established in 1960. This superb volume was selected as runner up out of 328 manuscripts by a panel of five judges from Cuba, Ecuador, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Uruguay.

72 page paperback  |  190mm x 120mm x 6mm  |  ISBN: 978-959-260-420-9

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