On The Front Line

Trade Paper – $12.95

ISBN 978-0-915306-86-2
Publication Date
July 1995
Page Count
72 pages
Trim Size
5.4 x 8.4

On The Front Line

Guerilla Poems of El Salvador
Claribel Alegria & Darwin J. Flakoll

More than poetry of combat, this bilingual edition is a record of the struggles, hopes and dreams of a war-torn country, providing a vivid description of the recent struggles in El Salvador.
About the Author

Claribel Alegría was a Salvadorian-Nicaraguan poet, essayist, novelist, and journalist who was a major voice in the literature of contemporary Central America. She has been called "one of the region's finest writers" by The Washington Post. She has published over forty books, including fifteen collections of poetry, and was a recipient of the Casa de las Americas Prize of Cuba. Her works in English include Ashes of Izalco, Luisa in Realityland, and Family Album. She was awarded the 2006 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. She died in 2018.

In 1947 Alegría married the U.S.-born journalist Darwin J. ("Bud") Flakoll; they had three daughters and one son. Flakoll coauthored some of her novels and translated much of her work into English. He died in 1995. Alegría's Sorrow, a collection of love poems, was written for her deceased husband.


"These poems, collected by the editors from nearly 30 revolutionary Salvadorans—are the product of people at conflict, [and]...all are honest and heartfelt." —Booklist