Lourdes Vázquez


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

About the Author

Lourdes Vázquez is an award-winning author of fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews that have been published worldwide. Her most recent full-length works include Not Myself Without You (Bilingual Press, 2012), the script "A Porcelain Doll with Violet Eyes, Staring into Space" (Wheelhouse Magazine, 2009); Samandar: Libro de viajes/Book of Travels (Buenos Aires: Tse Tse, 2007), and a collection of poetry, Bestiary (Bilingual Press, 2004). She has contributed to many journals, newspapers, and anthologies and is working on two more books.