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Unthinkable Tenderness Selected Poems

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The author of twenty books of poetry, Juan Gelman has long been counted among Argentina's leading poets, though all but unkown to English-language readers. For Unthinkable Tenderness, editor-translator Joan Lindgren has selected ninety-three poems to form a narrative of Argentina's recent history as seen through Gelman's eyes. Poetry that reverberates with the melancholy poetics, the wistful, even obsessive, music of the tango--which Gelman has laced with Spanish and Jewish mysticism--its themes are love and exile, torture and the disappearances of the Dirty War, which include the poet's children and closest colleagues. Its shadow is the beloved, the homeland, Argentina, as it is, as it can and must be. A new foreword by Eduardo Galeano, along with the translator's preface and a newly translated foreword by Julio Cortázar, introduce these poems; an epilogue by Juan Gelman ends the collection, which is followed by chronologies of Argentina's Dirty War and of Gelman's life and works.