Dangerous Matter (2019)


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Gabriela Cantú Westendarp

Translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel

Monterrey: Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

ISBN: 978-1-942307-28-0

88 pp.

«There are people who seem to have made a pact

with the devil, people who, although everyone

knows full well they’ve entered their autumn years,

still move as if they were a blossom newly

unfurled. Perhaps this attitude is due to their having

gone beyond where one can go. Perhaps they’re like those

beings who, like Butes, faced with the sea, with the song

of the sirens, couldn’t hold back and have

dived headfirst into life, into the very depths of life

and have survived.»

Gabriela Cantú Westendarp (Monterrey N.L., 1972) has authored 6 poetry books, including Naturaleza muerta and El filo de la playa, and a novel, Hamburgo en alguna parte. Her work has been published in anthologies, newspapers and magazines from Mexico, Spain, the United States, England, China, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Cuba and Brazil. She was recognized with the Ramón López Velarde National Poetry Award and the Carmen Alardín Regional Prize.

Lawrence Schimel (New York, 1971) is a bilingual writer (Spanish/English) who has published over 100 books as author or anthologist. He is also a literary translator. Recent translations into English include The Wild Book by Juan Villoro (Restless Books), I’d Ask You To Join Me By The Río Bravo To Weep But You Should Know Neither Tears Nor River Remain by Jorge Humberto Chávez (Shearsman Books) & Hamartia by Carmen Boullosa (White Pine Press, forthcoming).


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