Empire of Dreams

Empire of Dreams

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Straddling the line between fiction and poetry, Empire of Dreams speaks of Puerto Rican poet Giannina Braschi's love affair with New York City—her imagined social, political, erotic, and linguistic relationships to the place that has acted as a magnet to Puerto Ricans for so many years.

The work deals with issues of performance, gender ambiguity, and marginality. It is concerned with the boundaries of language and the possibilities of cross-dressing poetry as commercials, diary, tabloids, gossip, confessions, videos, autobiography, musicals, and manifesto. Characters turn into other characters. Clowns, buffoons, shepherds, lead soldiers, magicians, madmen, witches, fortune-tellers, and artists perform their fantasies in the city streets. An antinovel within the book satirizes the writer's role in the modern age and calls for a revolution of poetry. New York City becomes the site of liberation for its marginal citizens, as the narrator is led through a seeming phantasmagoria of internal and external trials in order to experience the center—of political power, of meaning, of feeling, and of personal identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300057959
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 08/31/1994
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 1,008,700
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Giannina Braschi is professor of Spanish at City University of New York. She was born in 1953 in Puerto Rico and has lived in New York City since 1977. She is the author of five books of poetry and is the recipient of numerous awards. Before settling in New York, she lived in San Juan, Madrid, Paris, Rome, and London.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Empire of Dreams by Giannina Braschi is a wild surreal prose-poetic ode to living in New York City as if it was caught between the urban and a land of mythic dreams. An incredible sense of language and the immediacy of the process of writing as a saving grace. Honestly I need to reread it, many many times, and you should too," raved THE ABSENT NARRATIVE. The poetry here is high modernist in its generosity of spirit, expansiveness of vision, and its love of playfulness. Braschi is a poet's poet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago