Homecoming : New and Collected Poems

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1996-04-01
  • Publisher: Plume
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Long before her award-winning novel, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, and In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez was writing poetry that gave a distinctive voice to the Latina woman - and helped give to American letters a vibrant new literary form. Homecoming was Alvarez's first published collection of poetry, a work of great subtlety and power in which the young poet returned to her old-world childhood in the Dominican Republic.
Now this revised and expanded edition adds thirteen new poems. These more recent writings are still deeply autobiographical in nature, but written with the edgier, more knowing tone of a woman who has seen, and survived, more of life. Wonderfully lucid and engaging, toned with deep emotionality and a wry observation of life, the poems of Julia Alvarez stand next to her fiction to both delight us and give us lessons in living and loving.

Author Biography

Julia Alvarez is the author of the novels How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies (a national Book Critics Circle Award finalist), and Yo!. She has also published two poetry collections (Homecoming and The Other side/El Otro Lado) and a collection of essays (Something to Declare).

Table of Contents

Homecomingp. 3
How I Learned to Sweepp. 7
Dustingp. 9
Household Riddlep. 10
Making Our Bedsp. 11
The Master Bedp. 16
Washing the Windowsp. 17
Storm Windowsp. 18
Hairwashingp. 19
Hanging the Washp. 20
Folding My Clothesp. 25
Ironing Their Clothesp. 26
Rolling Doughp. 27
What Could It Be?p. 29
Posture Lessonp. 30
New Clothesp. 32
Naming the Fabricsp. 34
Orchidsp. 37
Chargesp. 42
Mother Lovep. 44
Woman's Workp. 45
Heroinesp. 49
Woman Friendp. 51
Wallpaperp. 52
Against Cinderellap. 53
Old Heroinesp. 54
33p. 57
Redwing Sonnetsp. 105
Last Night at Tia'sp. 113
Afterword: Coming Home to Homecomingp. 118
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