It is not dailiness with which her poems concern themselves, but ‘pure immensity.’
—C. D. Wright

A heartbreaking, unforgettable collection by the great Mexican poet Coral Bracho about her mother’s Alzheimer’s, exquisitely translated by the Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Forrest Gander

Available May 3, 2022

It Must Be a Misunderstanding

Poetry by Coral Bracho

Translated from the Spanish by Forrest Gander

Edited by Forrest Gander

It Must Be a Misunderstanding is the acclaimed Mexican poet Coral Bracho’s most personal and emotive collection to date, dedicated to her mother who died of complications from Alzheimer’s. Remarkably, Bracho, author and daughter, seems to disappear into her own empathic observations as her mother comes clear to us not as a tragic figure, but as a fiery and independent personality. The chemistry between them is vivid, poignant, and unforgettable. As the translator Forrest Gander explains in his introduction, the book’s force “builds as the poems cycle through their sequences”— from early to late Alzheimer’s—“with non-judgmental affection and compassionate watchfulness.”

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Paperback (published May 3, 2022)

ISBN
9780811231398
Price US
16.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
160

Ebook

ISBN
9780811231404

Coral Bracho

Contemporary Mexican poet

It is not dailiness with which her poems concern themselves, but ‘pure immensity.’
—C. D. Wright
Her work has altered the landscape of Mexican poetry in a way that is com- parable to John Ashbery’s in the U.S.
Poetry