The New World Written Selected Poems Maria Baranda, Paul Hoover

The Margellos World Republic of Letters
Publication date:
27 Jul 2021
Yale University Press
256 pages: 197 x 127mm

The poetry of María Baranda is a haunting homage to the natural world: transcendent in scope, attentive to the particular, and acutely aware of the mystery of being. Absorbed by nature’s otherness, Baranda seeks to inhabit the voices of the wind, of wings, night, day, and perhaps most keenly, water. These lyrical verses turn repeatedly to the longings and griefs of embodiment: “What is that God / To be praised with all our sadness / If not love / Or at least the wonder / Of being a body full of blood,” Baranda asks. 
Drawing on epics such as the Aeneid and Beowulf, the mystical verses of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and writers who engage the landscape of shore and sea from Daniel Defoe to Dylan Thomas, this sweeping collection brings together the finest poems of one of today’s most powerful and innovative Mexican writers.

Award-winning poet María Baranda is a major figure in contemporary Latin American literature. She lives in Mexico City. Paul Hoover is professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University. He lives in Mill Valley, CA.