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Poets on the Edge

Vicente Huidobro, Cesar Vallejo, Juan Luis Martinez, and Nestor Perlongher

by Jesus Sepulveda


Publisher: BrownWalker Press
Pub date: 2016
Pages: 200
ISBN-10: 1627345760
ISBN-13: 9781627345767
Categories: Language, Literature & LinguisticsLiterature & Literary CriticismLanguage & Lingusitics


Poets on the Edge critically explores the relationship between poetry and its context through the work of four Latin American poets: Chilean Vicente Huidobro (1898-1948), Peruvian Cesar Vallejo (1893-1938), Chilean Juan Luis Martínez (1943-1993), and Argentine Nestor Perlongher (1949-1992). While Huidobro and Vallejo establish their poetics on the edge in the context of worldwide conflagrations and the emergence of the historical avant-garde during the first half of the twentieth century, Martinez and Perlongher produce their work in the context of the Chilean and Argentine dictatorships respectively, developing different strategies to overcome the panoptic societies of control installed throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Martínez recreates the avant-garde tradition in a playful manner to avoid censorship and also proposes a philosophical poetics to stage a utopian project oriented toward redesigning the house of civilization that has fallen apart. Perlongher unfolds his peculiar Neobaroque sensitivity in order to reshape the complex Latin American identities, culminating his poetic project with two collections written under the influence of ayahuasca-based ceremonies. Poets on the Edge offers the reader a new understanding of the hybrid and edgy nature of Latin American poetics and subjectivity as well as of the evolution of poetry written in Spanish during the twentieth century.

About the Author

Jesus Sepulveda is the author of eight collections of poetry and two books of essays, including his green-anarchist manifesto The Garden of Peculiarities (2002) and his selected poems Poemas de un barbaro (2013). His poetry has been published in more than a dozen countries and partially translated into seven languages, leading him to participate in international poetry festivals and poetry readings throughout the world. Sepulveda's book Hotel Marconi (1998) was made into a film in his native Chile in 2009. He currently lives in Eugene, where he teaches poetry and creative writing in Spanish at the University of Oregon.