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La Tercera Luz
A Poetic Journey Through Spain
by Corinne Stanley View author's profile page

Overview


Corinne Stanley's La tercera luz: A Poetic Journey Through Spain tells the story of the birth of the poetry collection, Silence from the Forest (Silencios del bosque) by Maria Esther Bendala Pavón. But it is also the story of a poet translator's awakening at the intersection of loneliness and desire. When Stanley decides to leave her Midwest cubicle for Spain, chance encounters spiral her into intimate proximity with a mysterious, beautiful Spanish poet suffering from brain cancer named Esther. We also meet fortune tellers, literary companions with varying degrees of allegiance, architecture vibrating with layers of history, and most haunting, an elusive beloved whose abandonment propels Stanley deep into the labyrinth of her own heart. Ultimately, La tercera luz is a rhapsody of arriving, death muse faced and the triumph of not one, but two books in hand, heart's path met with ceaseless passion and generosity despite setback: "I want / to be lost so I can say / I walked that path--I was there, / singing the dark days of the Córdoba moon."

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In lyrical, often dazzling prose, woven throughout with poems that weep, call, sing, and shimmer, poet, author, Corinne Stanley takes us to the Spain of our heart's deepest imaginings in La tercera luz. This expertly crafted tale entwines the artistic yearnings and creative passions of two women, both poets – set in each other's path by a mythopoetic destiny... Esther Bendala Pavón, a prodigy Spanish poet fallen into obscurity, terminally ill with brain cancer, longs for her poems to have voice in the world after her death, and our Poet, feeling stuck in an academic career that has ceased to have meaning for her, aches to be ignited back to vibrant life...to reclaim her voice and her passion. The two poets meet on the Avenida de Hercules in Seville, Spain, and their dual journey to fulfillment begins, braided together by mysterious synchronicities, guided by omens and signs, and the presence of the Divine Feminine.

Set against the luminous backdrop of the Spanish landscape, and the haunting vestiges of la Convivencia, La tercera luz is an incandescent tribute to the ever- refilling well of possibilities when we have the courage to make the journeys of the Heart. When Corinne Stanley, herself a cancer survivor, reaches out across oceans and cultures and generously gifts Esther Bendala Pavón her longed-for place in the literary sun, she ensures her own triumphant legacy.

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About the author


Corinne Stanley lives in Iowa City and worked as Staff Language and Culture Specialist for the University of Iowa. She translated and published Silencios del bosque/ Silence from the Forest by Spanish poet Esther Bendala Pavón and has two poetry collections, They Say This Is Light, and Breathe into the Knowing, as well as poems in Comstock Review, Feminist Studies, Fractal, Crooked Hearts Press FB page, and House of Zolo.

Her poem, "After the Bypass," was illuminated on buildings in downtown Iowa City to honor 2022 February Heart Month. Stanley cocreates a bilingual poetry blog, www.bilingualborderless.com with award-winning Mexican poet Marjha Paulino and is a collage artist.

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Book details

Genre:TRAVEL

Subgenre:Europe / Spain & Portugal

Language:English

Pages:146

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781667839233


Overview


Corinne Stanley's La tercera luz: A Poetic Journey Through Spain tells the story of the birth of the poetry collection, Silence from the Forest (Silencios del bosque) by Maria Esther Bendala Pavón. But it is also the story of a poet translator's awakening at the intersection of loneliness and desire. When Stanley decides to leave her Midwest cubicle for Spain, chance encounters spiral her into intimate proximity with a mysterious, beautiful Spanish poet suffering from brain cancer named Esther. We also meet fortune tellers, literary companions with varying degrees of allegiance, architecture vibrating with layers of history, and most haunting, an elusive beloved whose abandonment propels Stanley deep into the labyrinth of her own heart. Ultimately, La tercera luz is a rhapsody of arriving, death muse faced and the triumph of not one, but two books in hand, heart's path met with ceaseless passion and generosity despite setback: "I want / to be lost so I can say / I walked that path--I was there, / singing the dark days of the Córdoba moon."

Read more

Description


In lyrical, often dazzling prose, woven throughout with poems that weep, call, sing, and shimmer, poet, author, Corinne Stanley takes us to the Spain of our heart's deepest imaginings in La tercera luz. This expertly crafted tale entwines the artistic yearnings and creative passions of two women, both poets – set in each other's path by a mythopoetic destiny... Esther Bendala Pavón, a prodigy Spanish poet fallen into obscurity, terminally ill with brain cancer, longs for her poems to have voice in the world after her death, and our Poet, feeling stuck in an academic career that has ceased to have meaning for her, aches to be ignited back to vibrant life...to reclaim her voice and her passion. The two poets meet on the Avenida de Hercules in Seville, Spain, and their dual journey to fulfillment begins, braided together by mysterious synchronicities, guided by omens and signs, and the presence of the Divine Feminine.

Set against the luminous backdrop of the Spanish landscape, and the haunting vestiges of la Convivencia, La tercera luz is an incandescent tribute to the ever- refilling well of possibilities when we have the courage to make the journeys of the Heart. When Corinne Stanley, herself a cancer survivor, reaches out across oceans and cultures and generously gifts Esther Bendala Pavón her longed-for place in the literary sun, she ensures her own triumphant legacy.

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About the author


Corinne Stanley lives in Iowa City and worked as Staff Language and Culture Specialist for the University of Iowa. She translated and published Silencios del bosque/ Silence from the Forest by Spanish poet Esther Bendala Pavón and has two poetry collections, They Say This Is Light, and Breathe into the Knowing, as well as poems in Comstock Review, Feminist Studies, Fractal, Crooked Hearts Press FB page, and House of Zolo.

Her poem, "After the Bypass," was illuminated on buildings in downtown Iowa City to honor 2022 February Heart Month. Stanley cocreates a bilingual poetry blog, www.bilingualborderless.com with award-winning Mexican poet Marjha Paulino and is a collage artist.

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Mary
La tercera luz While reading Corinne’s book, I came across an article in the NYTimes talking about travel writing having two purposes: the physical and intellectual trip and the emotional one. (S. Lyall, May 24, 2022, “Vacation Reading, Unpacked”) Corinne’s book encompasses both purposes, and aligns with travel writer Jan Morris’ quote in the same article: “The best travel writers are not really writing about travel at all. They are recording the effects of places or movements upon their own particular temperaments — recording the experience rather than the event, as they might make literary use of a love affair, an enigma or a tragedy.” Read more
Andy
La Tercera Luz da la luz This is a fabulous book. Inventive in its combination of poetry, translation and personal experience, Corinne brings a lyrical ear and spiritual heart to the story of her relationship with a country, a culture, and a group of fascinating people, especially her connection with a kindred poetic spirit. A very enjoyable read. Read more
Lea
La tercera luz This poetic journey defies classification. It is at once memoir, travelogue, ethnography, history, spiritual quest . . . all laced with deeply moving poetry emanating from the female experience. The descriptions and imagery are exquisite, piquing the reader's senses and throbbing with beauty. Corinne's incisive commentary on cultural themes couched in profound spirituality is unlike anything in any other book that I've read. The story of Esther and Corinne soars from the bottom of the well of inspiration into the light of hope. Thank you for inviting us on this journey! Read more
Sonatina
La tercera luz I really enjoyed this book. I felt the author was sitting across from me, just talking to me. I was moved by her vulnerability when talking about loneliness and the feeling of being invisible, something we all face at different times in our lives. There is compassion in this story - of how chance meetings can change the course of another's life. Walking with her on the cobbled stoned streets of Seville makes me want to go to Spain. Read more
Dee
Very moving story of two poets The author’s search for artistic expression and her compassion toward a terminally ill Spanish poet create a warm and life-affirming memoir. The book’s prose and poetry are both uplifting. That the poet’s poems are now published is such a triumph of the human spirit. In the midst of suffering, there is light. Read more
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