Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Great Regulars: It is significant that the title refers to the melancholy

songs from Arequipa in Peru ([A.O.] Barnabooth's birthplace) popularized by the nineteenth century Peruvian revolutionary poet Mariano Melgar (1790--1815), who was executed at the age of twenty-five for leading an insurrection against the Spanish. "Ya que para mi no vives", a heartfelt lament for a lost love, is one of the best known of these. Barnabooth's intoxicating mixture of nostalgia and aesthetic overload is perhaps a more refined sort of sorrow, the kind that poetry both causes and cures.

(from the Poems of A.O. Barnabooth)

from The Times Literary Supplement: Poem of the Week: "Yaravi"


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