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Post a Comment. This new version is double-sided with the original Spanish on one side and an English translation on the other. Individual pages 9. The text below is taken from the Ugly Duckling Press' description and history of the publication. Oquendo de Amat died at the age of 32 shortly after the publication. At the same time, it is clearly a corner-stone for what would later become Concrete Poetry.
A facsimile edition of the unusually shaped accordion-fold book was published in in Lima by Editorial Ausonia Tallares Graficos. A translation of the poem without the original Spanish was published in the United States by Turkey Press in the early s, in a very limited fine-press edition. Upon the death of his father in , the teenage Oquendo de Amat and his mother moved from provincial genteel comfort to Lima where they lived in poverty. He was often lucky to have enough money for just one meal a day.
Friends say he would regularly skip that one meal to have enough to go to the cinema, a guiding obsession evidenced in his work.
Lima in this moment was in a state of rapid, at times violent, growth and transformation as it filled with the members of the new working and professional classes. All social relations were being torn apart and rebuilt and the poets of this strange new old city turned to the works of the various European vanguards for guidance in how to respond to this sudden outbreak of modernity.
Oquendo de Amat embodied many of the contradictions of this vanguard. After being imprisoned a number of times, during various crackdowns on dissent, he emphatically embraced Marxism and renounced poetry. During one of his stints in prison he contracted tuberculosis, which worsened rapidly during subsequent prison terms.
Released from his last prison term in his homeland, he was deported to Panama from where he barely managed to reach Republican Spain in time to expire at the age of No comments:. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.
5 metros de poemas
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5 Metros Poemas
But what about the back alleys of that lettered city? The stock images of the modern world steamships, skyscrapers, etc. In its at once celebratory and ironic evocations of Americana, and especially of the U. Many of the most successful moments in the book are short bursts of two or three lines that read like damaged couplets, or faux-epigrammatic, like surrealist haiku. Not all of the book holds up as well. Some of the longer pieces sag under the imagistic weight.
5 Metros de poemas
Post a Comment. This new version is double-sided with the original Spanish on one side and an English translation on the other. Individual pages 9. The text below is taken from the Ugly Duckling Press' description and history of the publication. Oquendo de Amat died at the age of 32 shortly after the publication.