Karen Sevilla (PR Poets #5)

El mal de los azares by Karen Sevilla (Sótano Editores, 2010).

The first woman in this list, and looking through the books, the only female poet I snagged. However, I only bought two works of prose, both by female authors, so I guess that sort of makes up for it? Ok, ok, I’ll do better next time. Gah.

So Karen Sevilla (1983-) has her own very active blog here. She’s currently a grad student studying creative writing in Spanish at NYU. She’s published work in anthologies and journals, and her bio indicates that her work has been translated into English and Italian, and several of her poems translated into English are on her blog here.

First, I have to say that I judged this book by its cover – it is beautifully designed and printed. The poetry inside, at a glance, is mostly lyrical with a pretty strong poetic I. Some of it seems really beautiful, and one or two really spectacular. Definitely an interesting young voice, and someone I’ll certainly keep an eye on for future works.

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