The Violent Foam

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ISBN 978-1-880684-88-7
Publication Date
April 2002
Page Count
162 pages
Trim Size
5.4 x 8.4

The Violent Foam

New and Selected Poems
Daisy Zamora

The Violent Foam includes selections from Zamora's previous acclaimed books and poems written since 1993. Her new poems, beautifully translated by the poet George Evans, continue her lyrical, clear-sighted vision of the world with humor and gentle irony. Zamora illuminates, with wit and passion, the personal and public issues of our time. 


It's true. I was faithful.
My one desire was to be patted
on the head
by a disdainful hand.
And happily wagging that tail
I ran in circles, barked, and rolled around
to welcome the master.

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. 

George Evans has published five collections of poetry in the US and England, and received writing fellowships from the NEA, Lannan Foundation, and California Arts Council. He edited the popular national contemporary poetry and arts project Streetfare Journal, and has translated the poetry of Huu Thinh and his wife, Daisy Zamora. 

"Like Levertov, Zamora's body of work includes her activism, her carrying the torch of the personal vision to the community—perhaps the only legitimate response by artists to the horrors of this century." —Demetria Martínez, National Catholic Reporter

We cannot doubt the creative authenticity of Daisy Zamora's poetry. It's a literal transcription of emotions, remembrances, love, and nostalgia that maintains itself without the danger of falling into the ordinary." —Sergio Ramírez

"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." —MultiCultural Review

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