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The Fire's Journey, Part II: Creation of Myself


The Fire's Journey, Part II: Creation of Myself



Eunice Odio continues her epic poem on language and the fate of the poet with The Fire's Journey, Part II: Creation of Myself. Risking the entirety of existence in his quest to counter the forces of chaos, the poet-hero Ion assumes bodily form and enters the world to battle the Void, the emblem of darkness. Along the way, he's joined by Dedalus, the master labyrinth-builder who guides the poet on his travels and warns Ion of the trials ahead. A much-neglected masterpiece of 20th-century Latin American poetry, this is the second of four volumes of an English translation of The Fire's Journey, published by Tavern Books.



Publication Date



Tavern Books


Portland, Or.


Latin American Literature | Poetry


Description, cover image, and review courtesy of Tavern Books.

Author/Editor Bio

Keith Ekiss (Translator) is a lecturer at Stanford University, where he teaches classes in poetry and creative expression.

Sonia Ticas (Translator) is Associate Professor of Spanish and Coordinator of Latin American Studies at Linfield College. She holds a Ph.D. in Romance Language and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. from California State University-Northridge.

Mauricio Espinoza (Translator) is a poet and journalist from Costa Rica.

Eunice Odio is considered the leading Costa Rican poet of the twentieth century. In addition to her poetry, Odio was the author of short stories and numerous political and cultural essays. She died in Mexico City in 1974.

Series Information

Living library (Portland, Or.)


“With The Fire's Journey, Eunice Odio entered Parnassus beside Milton and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. In Part II, polyphonic voices and dramatic dialogues channel the adventure of the stateless poet. We witness the birth of Ion and his shadow, the 'creation of myself.' How fortunate we are the poem will be published completely in English and, in addition, marvelously translated.” - Tania Pleitez

The Fire's Journey, Part II: Creation of Myself