Honorary Mention, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award 2004
translated by Rosa Alcalá
In this compilation of sensuous poetry, insects, animals, and strangers reflect Puerto Rican poet Lourdes Vázquez’s experience as a “Caribbean in exile.” The poems resound with humor and grief and playfully explore what happens in a world where the relationship between humans and beasts is still intact.
"With more than typical Latin fierceness, this series of prose poems by a native Puerto Rican twists the traditional meaning of the title word to introduce a new concept of beastliness. As themes and language evolve, the somtimes hidden, often overt passions that inform personal relationships emerge in all their glory, anguish, and rage." —Sandy McKinney, ForeWord Magazine
"This profound, well-translated collection of poetry explores many facets of the poet's life without offering any easy solutions. A highly recommended collection for mature readers." —Mary Sarco, Críticas