The Bad Girl

Travesuras de la Nina Mala

Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature, takes readers on a nearly 40-year journey through the eyes of helpless romantic Ricardo Somocurcio and his always-on-the-run lover, The Bad Girl. The characters are deep, the plot twisting, and the ending heartfelt. What if you fell in love with somebody who was incapable … Continue reading


Always by Pablo Neruda I am not jealous of what came before me. Come with a man on your shoulders, come with a hundred men in your hair, come with a thousand men between your breasts and your feet, come like a river full of drowned men which flows down to the wild sea, to … Continue reading

I do not love you

XVII (I do not love you…) by Pablo Neruda I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz, or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off. I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul. I love you as the plant … Continue reading

My Pathetic Reflection

I wrote this poem a year ago for a Spanish class. The premise was that we were looking at ourselves in the mirror, holding a conversation with our own reflections. What did we see? Did we like it? It doesn’t have the same rhythm in the English version, but the feelings seem so much starker. … Continue reading

Una Poema

15 de octubre 2009 Poema imitando Jaime Gil de Biedma   De qué sirve, quisiera yo saber, maquillarte, Cepillarte el pelo, vestirte en ropa cara y bonita? Tienes novia, puta, No necesitas tratar ahora.   Porque tratas de atraer los hombres, Actuar como soltera, coquetear con Cualquier hombre alrededor, mujer insegura, Cuando siempre vengo a … Continue reading

In the Name of Salome

A powerful story full of serious ideas, In the name of Salomé, a novel by Julia Alvarez, leads the reader on the long journey of two women, mother and daughter, as they fight their way through life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. Alvarez tells the story of Salomé Ureña, national poetess of the Dominican … Continue reading

Since I haven’t read any Mario Vargas Llosa books yet…

Prospero’s Daughter, by Elizabeth overwhelms the reader with the increasing suspense, gripping characters and wonderful writing, despite the slow start. While it may be inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, it certainly creates a spot for itself in the world of literature. The book is set in Nunez’s native country, Trinidad, near the end of Britain’s … Continue reading

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