SUE LITTLETON

   Sue Littleton

Sue Littleton is a permanent resident of Argentina living in Buenos Aires. She has published seven chapbooks, two of them bilingual. Her poems have been published in various anthologies, including all of Todd Swift’s nthposition, on-line and hardcover anthologies. She has edited three anthologies of poetry under the auspices of the Austin, Texas, Commission for the Arts. She has hosted bilingual poetry venues in Austin and is one of the four founders of the Austin International Poetry Festival. Many of her poems are related to her deep love of the semi-desert landscapes of West Texas. Her bilingual epic poem “Corn Woman”

is available in its entirety at ww.waltsan.com/FTP/sandra/corn_woman/index.html and is the history of corn in the Americas. She has participated in the Encounters of Narrators and Poets organized by the Cultural Association of the Two Shores in Uruguay, and has presentied 3 books, an illustrated bilingual re-edition of Imágenes-Images, Papel de Barrilete/Kite Paper, and A Love Affair/Una aventura amorosa (Botella al Mar, Colección Poetas del Sur) at the 2008 Encounter.

Sue Littleton is a permanent resident of Argentina living in Buenos Aires. She has published seven chapbooks, two of them bilingual. Her poems have been published in various anthologies, including all of Todd Swift’s nthposition, on-line and hardcover anthologies. She has edited three anthologies of poetry under the auspices of the Austin, Texas, Commission for the Arts. She has hosted bilingual poetry venues in Austin and is one of the four founders of the Austin International Poetry Festival. Many of her poems are related to her deep love of the semi-desert landscapes of West Texas. Her bilingual epic poem “Corn Woman”

is available in its entirety at ww.waltsan.com/FTP/sandra/corn_woman/index.html and is the history of corn in the Americas. She has participated in the Encounters of Narrators and Poets organized by the Cultural Association of the Two Shores in Uruguay, and has presentied 3 books, an illustrated bilingual re-edition of Imágenes-Images, Papel de Barrilete/Kite Paper, and A Love Affair/Una aventura amorosa (Botella al Mar, Colección Poetas del Sur) at the 2008 Encounter.

BOOKS

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The Ranch on the Pecos River by Sue Littleton (Apr 15, 2011)

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Corn Woman, Mujer Maiz by Sue Littleton (Jan 2004)

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Corn Woman, Mujer Maiz by Sue Littleton (Aug 18, 2011)


SUEKU / SUKU (Spanish Edition) by LITTLETON SUE (2011)


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Ranch on the Pecos: Microcosm U. S. A. by Sue Littleton (Jan 1997)


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Kite Paper = Papel de Barrilete by Sue Littleton (Jul 1, 2001)


Imagenes = Images by Sue Littleton (1989)


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Mélange by Sue Littleton (1993)

POETRY
There are many beautiful old townhouses from the 1900’s and before in Buenos Aires which are torn down to make way for apartment buildings. I see them in my neighborhood as I go about my daily business, and they always touch my heart. This last one inspired the following poem. – Sue Littleton

The Mirror 

The men work at their task of demolition
behind the mask
of high wooden barriers.
The broken bricks and other debris
are accompanied by a fine dust
that floats in the air
like delicate apparitions
from the turn of the century.

Now there is naked space
where before
stood a noble old family house, three stories high,

The barriers, nearly always closed tightly,
were left open today,
and through the narrow aperture
I could see, mapped on the walls
of the surrounding buildings
the ghosts of high ceilings, ample bedrooms.
Toward the street, in what was once the second floor,
set in a molded plaster frame,
a huge mirror, impossible to remove
without shattering.

A mirror! How many faces, figures, laughter and tears
are locked in the magic memory
of that cracked glass, starred by a careless blow,
but still elegantly entire?

Poor Mirror, prisoner of its ruin,
its refined French salon destroyed,
hanging two floors
above nothingness!

The Moon of Ullum

Beneath the wheels of the car
the pavement bids us farewell,
and we are borne over the dam that holds the river prisoner,
forces the current to abandon its merry tumble to the sea.
Above us the moon, almost full, yet still white and apathetic,
follows us from a sky without color.

Silence surrounds us: we do not look at each other.
Your eyes are fixed on the horizon, .
Your hands – those hands I know so well—
are firm on the steering wheel.
Your words continue to ring in my memory…
Inside my purse, my fingers caress the cold promise
of the.38 revolver.

To our left huge heaps of red clay, worn down, wrinkled,
fragile and at the same time imposing,
loom over us in sterile majesty..
To our right the Valley of Ullum opens,
the San Juan river a sad thread that flows
at the base of more clay mountains
gutted by antique waters, endlessly consumed
by the unforgiving winds of the Zonda.

We leave the moon behind us and turn onto a rutted trail,
at the other side of the two-lane highway.
Now we are herded between desolate heights
and an immense dark lake appears before us
surrounded by battered prominences without plants or trees.
The silhouette of a lone bird floats
near the denuded beaches
at the base of steep banks.

Solitary, isolated, we leave the car
to observe how the sun struggles
against the melancholy of the moon,
sinking into the rust-tinged lake
with bursts of scarlet and diamond-bright reflections,
touching the little waves of the opaque water
with silver sparks

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Alone, saddened, I drive back toward the city of San Juan,
my hands firm on the steering wheel.
The moon struts across the dull firmament,
a splendid circle of antique gold.
For the last time she escorts me past the Valley of Ullum
where I have buried my heart
beneath a friable tower
of red clay.

Sue Littleton
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  1. SUE LITTLETON S BOOK AVAILABLE « ARGENTINA SALVAJIZADA

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    9 Abr 2011 – De: Sue Littleton <poetofthecrystallute@gmail.com>  Wish you were ALL here to share the bubbles! SUE. On Sat, Apr 9, 2011 at 2:57 PM, 

  2. Sue Littleton en La Nacion de hoy « ARGENTINA SALVAJIZADA

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    16 Jul 2011 – De: SUE LITTLETON <mujermaiz@yahoo.com> Para: SUE LITTLETON <mujermaiz@yahoo.com> Enviado: sábado, 16 de julio de 2011 9:51 

  3. Vivir en Argentina Portal para extranjeros – Sue Littleton. Una vida 

    25 Dic 2010 – Un dulce aroma mezcla de chocolate y canela perfumaba el lugar. Los crisantemos espiaban desde el balcón del departamento de Recoleta 

  4. Ombú Sue Littleton

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    Ombú Sue Littleton. Pampa. Chata, llana.  vas a ser. Sue Littleton. Ir a índice de América. Ir a índice de Littleton, Sue. Ir a página inicio. Ir a mapa del sitio.

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