[05/2021] Poem That Never Ends by Silvina López Medin
Essay Press, paperback
Publication Date: May 2021
Publisher Marketing: Sparked by the only two letters—out of over a hundred—that López Medin's mother saved from her own mother in Paraguay, POEM THAT NEVER ENDS weaves together poems and family photos to explore the fragmentation of time, memory, and mother-child relationships. Fragments, family hearing impairments, ripped-up letters, and living and writing between languages point to the inescapable holes in language, troubling the notion of a finite utterance. Layering elements of painting, cinema, and the elusive three dimensions of theater into the weave, POEM THAT NEVER ENDS traces a sequence of mothers—López Medin's mother, her mother's mother, herself as a mother—in a porous, restless gesture toward what's never fully grasped.