Where Horizons Go

Rhina P. Espaillat

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Winner of the 1998 T. S. Eliot Prize

Where Horizons Go bridges the sometimes vast distances between the personal and the impersonal, the transitory and the permanent, the imagined and the real, the internal and the external, the self and the other.

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Winner of the 1998 T. S. Eliot Prize

A collection of unforgettable poems, Where Horizons Go is as compelling as it is technically stunning. Where Horizons Go bridges the sometimes vast distances between the personal and the impersonal, the transitory and the permanent, the imagined and the real, the internal and the external, the self and the other. The language here is always clear, always controlled without sacrificing sincerity or honesty. Read this book again and again and be rewarded every time.

 

Poem after successful poem add up to an impressive total. Keen intelligence, keen feelings. All in all, it’s a collection likely to persuade readers who think they don’t like poetry that they do, after all.

—X. J. Kennedy, 1998 T. S. Eliot judge

Rhina Espaillat does not strike grand and stylish literary gestures, she writes poems—strong, individual, and often ingenious. One by one these suave and lyric pieces add up into something both unforgettably personal and personable. Has any Latina written more movingly of the rich and heavy inheritance of bilinguality? Where Horizons Go is a gift to the English language.

—Dana Gioia, author of The Gods of Winter
 

Contents

If You Ask Me
Current
Barker
Almost
In Absentia
Map Lesson
Calendar
January
Haiku
Ash Wednesday
Children Blowing Bubbles
Solstice
Man Raking Leaves
November
Driving Through It
Last Day
Quandary
Bra
The Quetzal
Divination
Lunar Module
Falling
Six of One
Neighbors
Checking It Twice
Song
Agua
By Morning
For Evan, Who Says I Am Too Tidy
Para Mi Tataranieto El Astropionero
For My Great-Great Grandson the Space Pioneer
Review
Bread
Done with Mirrors
Voyeur
Rainy Sunday
Roach
Reservation
The Prodigal Son Goes over Notes for His Memoirs
Swinging an Arc Before Him As He Goes
Gravida
Weighing In
Interlude
How It Begins
Rachmaninoff on the Mass Pike
Subsistence
Sixty-Five
Brown
Sequel
Sacrament
Occupational Hazard
Invocation
Interview with a Poltergeist
Reading Vermeer
Parallax
Class Notes
Bilingual/Bilingüe
Poetry Reading
For the Friend Who Guided Me Home from a Poetry Reading
through Traffic, on Unfamiliar Roads
“Why Publish?”
Afterword, “Bilingual/Bilingüe”

Authors

Rhina P. Espaillat was born in the Dominican Republic and lives in Massachusetts. Her work has been published widely in magazines and anthologies and on websites, and she has received numerous awards for her poetry. She coordinates the Newburyport Art Reading Series, and is a frequent reader, speaker, and workshop director at various institutions.

TSUP has also published two of her other poetry collections, Playing at Stillness and Her Place in These Designs.

Reviews

Here, the dazzling Rhina Espaillat speaks on how a perfect fit opened a Pandora’s box.

Women’s Voices for a Change, September 2012

The poems are terrific: moving, intelligent, authentically felt and beautifully musical. When Espaillat works in rhyme and meter, which she does frequently, the power of her narratives and perceptions transcends their difficult forms.

San Diego Union-Tribune, August 7, 2010

Its language is colloquial and direct; its wisdom, unpretentious; its wit, unforced; its domestic themes, as elegantly exhibited as the Vermeer painting reproduced on the book’s cover.

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