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Death to Silence

Emma Sepúlveda · Arte Público Press · 1997 · 122 pp


Death to Silence is the first bilingual rendering of Emma Sepúlveda’s poetry. This anthology meditates on religious doubt and expresses an emphatic and brutal denouncement. Valiant and determined in pursuit of a transcendent linguistic perfection and in the attainment of poetic truth, Sepúlveda achieves the suitable language required—and admirable brevity—for discourse that communicates an existential and testimonial position of a poetic voice minimized by helplessness.

The terror and beauty that color this collection of powerfully spare and evocative poetry bear witness to the disquieting circumstances that inspired the poet, who fled Chile when the military junta led by Augusto Pinochet came to power in 1973.