Clean Slate

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ISBN 978-1-880684-09-2
Publication Date
July 1995
Page Count
193 pages
Trim Size
5.4 x 8.5

Clean Slate

New & Selected Poems
Daisy Zamora

To be a woman in revolutionary Nicaragua meant to take an active role in reshaping a country. Daisy Zamora came out of that experience as a poet who found her own voice in the context of extraordinary popular struggle. Her Clean Slate: New & Selected Poems is a collection that embodies a spirit of personal and political liberation. These 110 poems include works written between the years 1968 and 1993.
About the Author

Daisy Zamora is one of the most prominent figures in contemporary Latin American poetry. Her work is known for its uncompromising voice and wide-ranging subject matter, encompassing human rights, politics, revolution, feminist issues, art, history, and culture. She was a combatant in the national Sandinista Liberation Front and served as Vice-Minister of Culture after the 1979 triumph. Her first book of poems won the National Poetry Prize in Nicaragua in 1977. She has published four books in English, including The Violent Foam and Clean Slate. At present she lives in San Francisco with her husband, American poet George Evans. 

Margaret Randall is a poet, translator, editor, activist and scholar, who has been active for six decades. She is known for her collaborations with the Latin American literary left. 

Elinor Randall was a translator, well-known for translating the work of Cuban poet José Martí. She died at age 97. 

"Daisy Zamora's poems resound with life. Commitment. Struggle. Love. She has been a fighter for liberation and women's rights all of her life. Her poems say Woman. Soldier. Woman. Mother. Woman. Poet. Woman. Lover. Woman. Woman. Woman. She has dared to be herself at the 'cost of all [y]our dreams.' I am proud to be one of the women of her house." —Sonia Sanchez

"There isn't a single line in her poems where one doesn't perceive the unmistakable tone of her voice and her . . . exquisite sensitivity." —Jose Coronel Urtecho

"Zamora [was] shaped by revolution and gender, but [her] voice is true and universal, transcending political boundaries and sounding clear notes of sanity in times of madness. Highly accessible for general readers and indispensable for Latin American and women's studies collections." —MultiCultural Review