Cante de Gitanas con Nombres de Luz / Songs of the Gypsies by Karlanna Lewis

By Karlanna Lewis

Cante de Gitanas con Nombres de Luz / Songs of the Gypsies with Names of sunshine is a suite of poetry encouraged via the normal flamenco cante of Andalucía. each one of Karlanna Lewis' poems is followed through her personal unique surrealist pen and ink illustrations. Following within the form of the gypsy singers of flamenco track and different poets passionate about the duende within the paintings akin to Lorca, Lewis treats flamenco topics with an individualistic facet. for instance, in "Fable within the Castilian Dialect" she writes

...tell me the fantasy of a good

time, of the fan of a dotted skirt and what
we wore after, of the dancer’s hips and how

they decided the remainder of our lives, of what
Lucia the barista stated once we put two

euros at the counter and requested her to make us
(l. 2-8).

Karlanna Lewis' poetry has been defined because the embodiment of disappointment and love but additionally as extraordinary and really special. Written in English with the occasional Spanish note for untranslatable emphasis, Lewis' paintings, either writings and drawings, is natural artwork. With titles starting from "Jeraldo with the Dinosaur Wings" to "Spanish Dancer at leisure" to "Questions for a Merman" Lewis' poetry is something yet predictable. In her poems the reader unearths a wierd obsession with bicycles and occasionally miniature humans, but additionally a unique cognizance to aspect within the artwork of flamenco. Having studied dance heavily for over a decade, Lewis skilled the flamenco of Spain, which spurred her to jot down those poems. Her heritage within the paintings makes her skill to narrate the intricacies of the dance either strange and beautiful. In "To My Father the football Coach," Lewis writes

Pull me apart to teach me tips to seize a comet
in my naked fingers and the way to show that comet into

the Spanish dancer made up of the tide and of light,
& how she vanishes simply once we have been getting close
( l. 3-6).

Light and sweetness and grief and longing are all interwoven in Lewis' poems, with their rhythm drawing the reader close to because the crowd attracts close to at an intimate flamenco tableau.

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