The poetic movement that was Spanish American modernismo ran from the early 1880s to 1916: it expressed the desire both to join universal literatureâ€”aesthetic modernityâ€”and to break colonial ties with Spanish belles lettres. The new translations in this bilingual anthology, many of them first translations, present eighteen modernista poets from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Uruguay. This volume in the MLA series Texts and Translations is designed to provide the student of Spanish American literature with work not easily accessible in Spanish and English and to introduce modernismo, an often misunderstood movement, to a wider audience.Kelly Washbourne teaches translation at Kent State University and translates from Spanish and Portuguese. He recently published JosÃ© AsunciÃ³n Silva's After-Dinner Conversation. Sergio Waisman, associate professor of Spanish at George Washington University, translates Latin American literature and is the author of Borges and Translation: The Irreverence of the Periphery.