Pinholes in the Night: Essential Poems from Latin America

Raúl Zurita, Forrest Gander, ed.

This intensely focused bilingual anthology pinpoints the heart of Latin American self-identification. In selecting these fifteen essential poems, Chilean poet Raúl Zurita was guided by the question, “What poem, had it not been written, would have rendered the author and Latin American poetry something else?” This extraordinary gathering of talent—from Jorge Luis Borges and Pablo Neruda to Ernesto Cardenal and César Vallejo—spans the twentieth century.

ISBN: 9781556594502

Format: Paperback

About the Author

Raúl Zurita, winner of the Chilean National Poetry Prize, is one of the most vital voices in contemporary Latin American literature. Coming out of the Chilean avant-garde (and, through his grandmother, out of the Italian tradition for poetic sequences), Zurita’s work is nevertheless incredibly intimate and often shocking in its emotional immediacy and clarity. He is the creator of massive landscape poems bulldozed into the Atacama Desert and poems skywritten over New York. Arrested and tortured by the Pinochet dictatorship, …

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About the Editor

Forrest Gander was born in the Mojave Desert and grew up in Virginia. He is a writer and translator with degrees in geology and English literature. Among his recent books are Be With, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize, and Core Samples from the World, a Pulitzer and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. His translations include Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda; Fungus Skull Eye Wing: Selected Poems of Alfonso D’Aquino; and Pinholes in the Night: Essential Poems from …

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“[A] well-defined, important primer on Latin American poetics.” —Booklist