Daisy Zamora Analysis

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(World Poets and Poetry)

Daisy Zamora (zah-MOH-rah) is primarily known for her poetry. Her words played an important role during her participation in the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua, when she was program director for clandestine Radio Sandino during the final 1979 Sandinista offensive.


(World Poets and Poetry)

Daisy Zamora is a prominent Latin American poet. Her uncompromising stance on human rights, culture, women’s issues, revolution, history, and art is presented in a manner that beckons to the average reader and motivates him or her to join in her unquenchable search for justice via the poetic voice. Her works have been translated into Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, Flemish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, and Vietnamese. Her poems, essays, and articles have been published in magazines and literary newspapers throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, and the United States. The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology (2009) includes her work.

Zamora received the Mariano Fiallos Gil National Poetry Prize from the University of Nicaragua in 1977. In 1995, she was featured in Bill Moyer’s Public Broadcasting Service series The Language of Life. In 2002, the California Arts Council awarded her a fellowship for poetry, and the Nicaraguan Writers Center gave her an award for her valuable contributions to Nicaraguan literature. The National Association of Artists in Nicaragua named her writer of the year in 2006. Zamora has given numerous lectures and conducted many workshops in poetry at prestigious universities in the United States and Europe.


(World Poets and Poetry)

Balderston, Daniel, and Mike Gonzalez, eds. Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean Literature, 1900-2003. New York: Routledge, 2004. Contains a short biographical entry on Zamora. Also contains an introduction that places Zamora in context.

Bowen, Kevin. Writing Between the Lines: An Anthology on War and Its Social Consequences. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997. This anthology includes an analysis of several of Zamora’s poems, including “Surreptitious Encounter with Joaquin Pasos,” “Urgent Message to My Mother,” and “Testimony: Death of a Guatemalan Village.” Includes index and bibliography.

Dawes, Greg. Aesthetics and Revolution: Nicaraguan Poetry, 1979-1990. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993. Contains a chapter on feminist and feminine self-representation that features a section on Zamora. Dawes finds her to be a realist rather than an avant-garde poet.

Gioseffi, Daniela, ed. Women on War: An International Anthology of Writings from Antiquity to the Present. 2d ed. New York: Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2003. Contains a brief biography of Zamora and her poems “Song of Hope” and “When We Go Home Again.” Gioseffi’s introduction provides perspective on Zamora’s writings.

Jason, Philip K., ed. Masterplots II: Poetry Series. Rev. ed. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 2002. Contains an in-depth analysis of Zamora’s poem “Dear Aunt Chofi.”

Zamora, Daisy. “Daisy Zamora.” Interview by Margaret Randell. In Sandino’s Daughters: Testimonies of Nicaraguan Women in Struggle. Rev. ed. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1995. First published in 1981, this work is based on a series of interviews Randell conducted with women involved in the Sandinista Revolution. In the Zamora interview, written like a memoir, she describes her life before, during, and after the war; her political beliefs; and her poetry. Includes a few poems.

_______. “’I Am Looking for the Women of My House’: Daisy Zamora.” Interview by Margaret Randell. In Sandino’s Daughters Revisited: Feminism in Nicaragua. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1994. In this interview, Zamora talks about her background, her work during the war, and women’s rights in Nicaragua.