Flowering Fires/Fuegos Florales: Poems by Alicia Partnoy
Translated by Gail Wronsky
Settlement House Books, 2014
61 pages. Illustrations by Raquel Partnoy.
Recipient of the first annual Settlement House American Poetry Prize, Alicia Partnoy’s Flowering Fires / Fuegos Florales is a work of wisdom born of witness and tempered by a lifetime of commitment to her craft. Gail Wronsky’s translations render these poems as vital in English as they are in Spanish.
Alicia Partnoy is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 Argentineans "disappeared." Following her release, Partnoy immigrated to the United States as a refugee in 1979. She is the author of The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival and of the poetry collections Little Low Flying/Volando bajito and Revenge of the Apple/Venganza de la manzana. Editor of You Can't Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile, she is professor of Modern Languages and Literature at Loyola Marymount University.