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The Brief Life - Distinguished Professor Isaac Goldemberg's New Book

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 (Bronx, NY) - Published by the Press Fund of Guillermo Antonio Urrelo University (Cajamarca, Peru, 2012), The Brief Life contains an anthology of several poetry books published by Isaac Goldemberg, and includes a series of new poems, grouped under the title, "Variations Goldemberg".

In the prologue, the Peruvian writer and critic Eduardo González Viana claims that, "just as the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, in these poems Goldemberg reveals the survival strategies of two cultures that express themselves through him, and in so doing he creates a new form of expression."

Since its publication, The Brief Life has been enthusiastically reviewed in magazines and newspapers from around the world. Here are some examples:

The Brief Life has the virtue of reconciling with mystery and temperature. Isaac Goldemberg's poetry, written in a language in which there are different cultures in one singular discourse is increasingly one of the emblems of the literature of his country and of America." (Raul Rivero, El Mundo, Madrid, Spain)

"The particularity of Isaac Goldemberg's poetry is that it refers to the great universal themes in a fluid and easily recognizable language that is his personal stamp, where track humor and refined irony compete, though, these are always used by Goldemberg as the best resources to induce reflection on the human condition, which is one of the core purposes of his poetry." (Luis Benítez, Literary Resonances, Pau, France)

"I write about The Brief Life with the joy of having discovered these poems, to think that at such a superficial time period where modest epigones of the great voices are no longer abundant, a voice as that of Isaac Goldemberg emerges original and transcendent, with a hold that can never be had by repeaters or experimental impostors, because the hold comes from very deep within. It is a plentiful work filled with human gravitation, ethical and poetics ". (Manuel J. Santayana, Black Sun, Lima, Peru).

Other recent publications by Isaac Goldemberg are: Remember The Scorpion (novel, 2010), Blue Monkeys in Times Square (Theatre, 2008) and Book of Changes (poetry, 2007). Currently Isaac Goldemberg holds a Distinguished Professorship at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College became a reality on April 22, 1968 when the Board of Higher Education approved its establishment. This was the first college in the continental United States to be named in honor of a Puerto Rican. In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four and a half decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to more than 7,000 students in 2013. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

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