Empire of Dreams (Epic Poetry)


Puerto Rican Poetry Classic

Empire of Dreams

Table of Contents

I. Assault on Time

II. Profane Comedy

Dedication of Warning
1. Book of Clowns and Buffoons
2. Poems of the World; or The Book of Wisdom
3. Pastoral; or The Inquisition of Memories
4. Song of Nothingness 

III. The Intimate Diary of Solitude

1. Death of Poetry 
> The Adventures of Mariquita Samper
Life and Works of Berta Singerman 
> The Things That Happen to Men in New York! 
> The Queen of Beauty, Charm, and Coquetry Gossip 
> Portrait of Giannina Braschi 
> Mariquita Samper’s Childhood 
> The Raise 
> Manifesto on Poetic Eggs 

2. Rosarios de la aurora
> The Building of the Waves of the Sea 
> Mariquita Samper’s Financial Statement
> Requiem for Solitude 
> The Movement of the Waves of the Sea 

Poet Alicia Ostriker writes “Empire of Dreams is a masterpiece,” noting that the writing is “concerned with writing and language itself, its relation to memory and desire, its boundaries and genres and the possibilities of transgressing and crossing dressing them. Poetry here dresses itself in the garb of dramatic monologue, love letter, TV commercial, diary excerpt, movie criticism, celebrity confession, literary theory, bastinado, manifesto, etc. ‘Reality’ and ‘fantasy’ interpenetrate. The ‘I’ is an elusive entity, a ‘void that abhors the void’. Despair is handled with acute comedy. Eroticism is icily analyzed without losing its heat. ‘Poetry is this screaming madwoman’. And these cerebral and passionate games proceed with a relentless intensity one sees in no other writer.”

Academy of American Poets

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