The Common Grief

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ISBN 978-1-880684-23-8
Publication Date
July 1995
Page Count
109 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

The Common Grief

Roberto Sosa

The Common Grief is a bilingual collection of poems from Honduran poet Roberto Sosa. His work is characterized by clarity and richness of language combined with an attack on privilege and oppression.
About the Author

Roberto Sosa (18 April, 1930 - 23 May, 2011) was an author and poet born in Yoro, Honduras. He published over a dozen books of poetry and prose, as well as two anthologies of Honduran literature. He also worked as a magazine editor, a journalist, and a professor. 

JoAnne Engelbert is Professor Emeritus at Montclair State College and currently resides in St. Augustine, Florida.

"Born in Honduras to a poor family, Sosa's childhood reflected the severe social and political repressions of his times. This provides a rich array of poems which describe his views of poetry, politics, and life in Honduras." —Midwest Book Review

"These elegiac and erotic lyrics present a voice as personal, as elegant, and as timeless as the great poets of the T'ang dynasty or the Greek Anthology. Roberto Sosa joins passion and humility, ecstasy and grief, clarity and wisdom, to make poems as lucid and incandescent as anyone writing today." —Sam Hamill 

"Sosa's clarity of vision and language illuminates a dark period of political repression in his native Honduras; the poems are permeated by a sense of sadness and loss as Sosa, like Yeats, wrests terrible beauty from great pain." —MultiCultural Review