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Featured poet: Omar Chauvié

Sep 14, 2017 Comments Off on Featured poet: Omar Chauvié by

Omar Chauvié (Jacinto Aráuz, La Pampa, Argentina, 1964) is an Assistant Professor of Argentine Literature at the Universidad Nacional del Sur in Bahía Blanca. He was one of the “poetas mateístas” in the ’80s along with Sergio Raimondi, Marcelo Díaz and the visual artist Silvia Gattari, a group that painted its own poems along with those of others as murals in the city […]

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Hidden roads: On Daniel Calabrese’s ‘Ruta dos’

Aug 22, 2017 Comments Off on Hidden roads: On Daniel Calabrese’s ‘Ruta dos’

Ruta Dos Daniel Calabrese Colección Visor de Poesía (2017) 144 pp Ruta Dos, referred to officially as Autovía Juan Manuel Fangio, is a highway in Argentina that runs from north to south, Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata, passing through the town of Dolores where the poet Daniel Calabrese grew up. Driving along this road, with […]

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Featured poet: Miguel Naranjo Ríos

Aug 01, 2017 Comments Off on Featured poet: Miguel Naranjo Ríos

Miguel Naranjo Ríos (1970) is a poet, editor and enthusiast for Chilean folklore, collector of the discography of Violeta Parra, Los Jaivas and Margot Loyola, editor of the Chilean edition of Martín Fierro, devotee of open air markets, cumbia and rock, ex-student of Literature and current book designer. He directs the popular collection of poetry “Vox Populi” […]

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Excerpt from Violeta Parra biography ‘The Restless Life’

Jul 29, 2017 Comments Off on Excerpt from Violeta Parra biography ‘The Restless Life’

Prologue of The Restless Life: Essential biography of Violeta Parra [La vida intranquila: Biografía esencial de Violeta Parra, Planeta Chile, 2017] by Fernando Sáez, printed here with the permission of the author. Too many words have been spoken and written about the complicated relationship of the country Chile, that abstract entity for which no one takes […]

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Everybody goes wild

Jul 23, 2017 Comments Off on Everybody goes wild

Patriotismo Ryan Eckes, translated by Carlos Soto-Román Libros del Pez Espiral, 2017 Fifty green stars on the cover; seven green stripes on the back cover, like something you’d see on a lounge chair at the beach. Are stars & stripes patriotic if they’re green? Is this patriotism a form of aestheticism? What is patriotism, anyway? With […]

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Exhibition in memory of Guatemalan artist Francisco Auyón

Jul 12, 2017 Comments Off on Exhibition in memory of Guatemalan artist Francisco Auyón

‘With objects as images I respond to the eternal antinomies of life-death, sacrifice-redemption, sin-forgiveness, solid-void and the influence they have on individual and collective behaviour.’ Francisco Auyón, 1999 By Adam Robinson My work is in aid of Francisco’s memory, extending an evocation of him and his work. However, it is also about being in memories of […]

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Perspectives thread in translated Colombian novel “Come the Day”

Jun 30, 2017 Comments Off on Perspectives thread in translated Colombian novel “Come the Day”

by Jon Lindsay Miles Manuel Mejía Vallejo’s El día señalado is one of some fifty novels published between 1951 and 1967 that took as their subject the civil unrest in Colombia known as “La violencia”. In his book-length study of the Colombian novel, La novela colombiana: Planetas y satélites (1978), Seymour Menton considers Mejía Vallejo’s […]

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Featured poet: Ernesto González Barnert

Jun 07, 2017 Comments Off on Featured poet: Ernesto González Barnert

Ernesto González Barnert (Temuco, 1978) is the author of the anthology Equipaje ligero [Traveling light] (2017), as well as the poem collections Cul de sac (2016), Playlist (2015), Trabajos de luz sobre el agua [Works of light on water] (2015), Coto de caza [Hunting grounds] (2013), Arte tábano [Gadfly art] (2010) and Higiene [Hygiene] (2007). He was awarded the Premio Nacional del Consejo del Libro (2014), […]

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Argentine political cabaret comes to London

Jun 07, 2017 Comments Off on Argentine political cabaret comes to London

These Trees Are Made of Blood, a political musical cabaret set in the 1970s during Argentina’s Dirty War, is coming to London’s Arcola Theatre (14 June – 15 July 2017). www.arcolatheatre.com/event/these-trees-are-made-of-blood/ Tweet

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Spectral histories: Art and the Colombian rubber industry

May 01, 2017 Comments Off on Spectral histories: Art and the Colombian rubber industry

Our modern world owes a lot to a product native to Amazonia: natural rubber. As well as its contribution to the automobile and aviation industries in the form of the tyre, natural rubber is employed in a range of other products: from hoses and industrial belts to gloves, syringes, telegraph cables and condoms. A history […]

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‘A beautiful, bountiful country torn apart’

Mar 31, 2017 Comments Off on ‘A beautiful, bountiful country torn apart’

In her investigation A Hero’s Curse: The Perpetual Liberation of Venezuela (UK: Hurst, April 2017, US: Oxford University Press, May 2017), the Swedish journalist Kajsa Norman tells the story of “the modern Venezuelans whose lives have taken shape in the shadow of Simón Bolívar and his most passionate disciple, Comandante Hugo Chávez.” It is November 2013. A stray dog urinates on […]

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Tropical troubadour: Agustín Lara in Veracruz

Feb 05, 2017 Comments Off on Tropical troubadour: Agustín Lara in Veracruz

From Agustin Lara: A Cultural Biography By Andrew Grant Wood © Oxford University Press, 2014 The early association between Veracruz and Lara [began] in January 1929 when, while performing at the El Retiro, Maruca Pérez referred to Agustín as “the inspired Veracruz composer.” Further constructing this fictive identity, Lara began telling interviewers in the early 1930s that he […]

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Close encounters of all kinds

Jan 20, 2017 Comments Off on Close encounters of all kinds

            Excerpt from The Worlds I Love, a novel by Cuban author Daína Chaviano, translated by Yolanda Molina-Gavilán It was the month of July and final examinations came along with it. During the breaks I turned myself to rest and clearing my mind as I went from one exam to the next. I […]

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