Endless Love

Claribel Alegría

Amor sin fin, by Nicaraguan poet Claribel Alegría, is a long poem about love and fear. Her verses narrate an impossible journey filled with nostalgia, shadows, uncertainty, and pain. In November 2017, Alegría was recognized by the Reina Sofia Prize for being one of Latin America’s most prominent poetic voices. Her work is characterized by its commitment to reality in the region and, specifically, in her own country. Alegría belongs to a generation of Nicaraguan writers —including the also-deceased Vidaluz Meneses and the 2017 Cervantes Prize winner, Sergio Ramírez, among others– who supported the struggle to overthrow the Somoza dictatorship in the 1970s. Perhaps in death Alegría discovered the rivers between clouds that appear so frequently throughout Amor sin fin, the threatening ceiba trees, or the troubadour who sang to her in her sadness… The wondrous occurrence, if at all possible, would most certainly have taken place on January 25, 2018, the day of her death.