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Natural Selection

by Sandy McKinney

Any poem whose significance resides only in its “meaning” will suffer from a widely unrecognized, and even less widely acknowledged, truth. The same facts, both emotional and experiential, might have been shared in an infinite number... Read More

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Migraciones

by Sandy McKinney

A discussion between the poet and her translator at the back of the book offers a much-enhanced access to the sometimes difficult passages in this long poem. Their conversation makes it clear that this Russian-Jewish-Mexican woman knew... Read More

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Poemas para Josefina

by Sandy McKinney

A Jewish family, having learned over generations to call Chile home and Spanish a beloved language, is ruptured by political turmoil. Some are forced into exile, but one woman adamantly stays in Chile to build a life out of her own... Read More

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Los versos del Capitn

by Sandy McKinney

For the contemporary reader, this book will perhaps be redolent of the film Il Postino (The Postman), which was set on the Isle of Capri, where the poet lived in exile with his lover, Matilde Urrutia, later his wife. The poems were... Read More

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Cantos de Adolescencia (Songs of Youth)

by Sandy McKinney

Born of Mexican heritage in the border town of Brownsville, Texas, this self-proclaimed “Pocho” poet began his career by winning every literary contest available in his area. Since school only offered studies in English, his first... Read More

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