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Series: NYRB Poets
ISBN: 9781681375700
Pages: 304
Publication Date: October 12, 2021

MigrationsPoem, 1976–2020

by Gloria Gervitz, translated from the Spanish by Mark Schafer

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Forty-four years in the making, Migrations is considered by critics to be a masterpiece of modern Mexican literature. Gloria Gervitz’s book is an epic journey in free verse through the individual and collective memories of Jewish women emigrants from eastern Europe, a conversation that ranges across two thousand years of poetry, a bridge that spans the oracles of ancient Greece and the markets of modern Mexico, a prayer that blends the Jewish and Catholic liturgies, a Mexican woman’s reclamation through poetry of her own voice and erotic power. Gervitz’s work has been compared to the works of Walt Whitman, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and Nicolás Guillén. The Pulitzer Prize–winning poet and translator Forrest Gander has called Migrations “one of the great poems of the twenty-first century.”