Rita Maria Martinez joined eight other poets from Miami, Tampa, and El Salvador — Elisa Albo, Adrian Castro, Silvia Curbelo, Mia Leonin, Rita Maria Martinez, Caridad Moro-McCormick, Alexandra Lytton Regalado, and Emma Trelles
They convened at Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum to respond to the exhibit’s diverse collection of works.
Under the guidance of Francisco Aragónand Emma Trelles
Time: Saturday, February 13, 2010 11:00 a.m. Location: Society of the Four Arts, King Library
Two years ago, anthology editor Francisco Aragón presented the work of three poets to highlight the publication of The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry. He returns to share his own work and will be joined by Florida-based poets Rita Maria Martinez and Emma Trelles, who in the past year have published their first books of poetry.
The Society of the Four Arts
2 Four Arts Plaza
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Gallery & Box Office: (561) 655-7226
The King Library: (561) 655-2766
Time: Sunday, September 28, 2008 6:00 p.m. Location: Books & Books, Coral Gables
Please join us as we celebrate the work of alumni of Florida International University’s M.F.A. program in Creative Writing. New books by alums out this year include: Lynn Kiele Bonasia’s novel Some Assembly Required; Susan Briante’s poetry collection Pioneers in the Study of Motion; Rita Martinez’s poetry collection Jane-in-the-Box; and Ian Vasquez’s novel In the Heat. Joining these readers will be recent graduates Kevin Allen, Jen Bartman, Andrea Dulanto, Jose Fallad, Karen Kravit, Denise Lanier, Patsy Warman, and Jeff Wehr.
Excerpt from a Review of Jane-in-the-Box posted August 21, 2008 on The Brontë Blog by M.
Another collection of poems can be described as poetical retellings of different given episodes of Jane Eyre, with many references extracted from the contemporary American cultural context (from Macy’s to Chanel or Mary Kay crèmes). Here we can find poems of extraordinary richness of detail and unashamed intertextuality like the Mortification Triptych, Jane addresses Edward, Fashion remedy, St John pops the question or the Rochester Triptych (the only ones where Rochester is allowed to speak his mind(4).
The chapbook ends with a poem, The appropriation of Jane, that serves as an excellent coda to the the whole work. Using references to her own Cuban origins, the author describes the fascination which Jane Eyre has on her. The best way to end this brief review of this charming little book of poems is quoting from a paragraph from this last poem:
this poem is about the quintessential
Plain Jane: Jane Eyre, who graciously helps
birth poems stubborn as kidney stones,
mischievous poems that hopscotch
across the page because I’ve ripped
off Charlotte Brontë heroine
Saints of Hysteria “82 Reasons Not to Get Out of Bed” Introduction: Denise Duhamel … et al
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