Prostíbulo de la Palabra / Brothel of the Word by Benito Pastoriza Iyodo

Find in catalogI highly recommend this bilingual book of poetry. Prostibulo de la palabra (Brothel of the Word) is Benito Pastoriza Iyodo’s latest collection of verse. It examines the multiple meanings of the enigmatic world of the word and explores the ways in which language influences our lives. The author reveals a true mastery of poetic images exposing not only the nudity of the word, but its diverse functions in a problematic world. The poems illustrate the passionate, creative, liberating, hypocritical and controlling relationship of man with the word. This collection is a fast read that entertains while urging the reader to re-examine how language molds society, creates the rules and shapes our most intimate relationships. It is a call to appreciate, savor and take stock of the role that the word plays in defining our world. It’s quite an experience to read the poems in Spanish and English side by side. And the essay at the end enriches the book by presenting some insightful thoughts on the poetry of Benito Pastoriza Iyodo. The book lends itself beautifully to both young adult and adult readers. Bravo for this book!

Reviewed by Brad

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