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Some Hot Action at Action Books February 11, 2014: Not so much publishing as UNLEASHING, yesterday Action Books announced via Montevidayo the availability of four new titles hot off the press. Included in the latest horde is Wet Land by Lucas de Lima, Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream by Kim Hyesoon (trans. Don Mee Choi), Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer by Abraham Smith, and Rain of the Future [...] by

The Victorious Battles Are Withered Wounds: Translating Pablo de Rokha November 7, 2013: On December 10 of this year, Copper Canyon will be publishing an anthology edited by Forrest Gander and Raúl Zurita called Pinholes in the Night: Essential Poems from Latin America. My husband Evan Lavender-Smith and I translated “The Old Man’s Song” by Pablo de Rokha for this amazing and ambitious anthology. That our marriage survived [...] by

Zurita’s 7 Night Boatmen September 27, 2013: Third Movement (The Survivor) for Raúl Zurita * * * 1. I wrote the poem “Third Movement (The Survivor)" in my apartment in Brooklyn, on Franklin St. Zurita was living in Boston then where he taught and so he was “close at hand” and I could speak with him often. In front of me was a poster I had bought at the MET that depicted the [...] by

Zurita and Cormac: The Story of Our American, Sentimental Education September 24, 2013: [caption id="attachment_73904" align="alignright" width="500"] Zurita with Forrest Gander. Photo by Valerie Mejer.[/caption] Now as I’ve started writing there is a persistent light rain falling, known as the chipi-chipi, under the stone arches and on the black slab and large avocado from a Mexican garden, sitting on the inside of the Hacienda [...] by

Once Is Enough: Zurita Paints the Entire Sea from a Drop of Dye September 19, 2013: [caption id="attachment_73711" align="alignright" width="487"] Photograph by Valerie Mejer[/caption] Like a tree with hundreds of branches and thousands of leaves that comes from a tiny seed and through overuse becomes The Example, we can’t avoid amazement when we find something that is numerous but came from only one thing, or that [...] by

A Leopard Never Changes Its Spots: On Zurita and Memory September 16, 2013: The expression “genio y figura hasta la sepultura,” in Spanish (here translated as “a leopard never changes its spots,” and equivalent to the expression “genius and character from cradle to grave”), denotes a characteristic of someone that doesn’t change over time. It’s a distinctive action that you recognize as the person’s [...] by

From a ‘Corrido’ to Pink Floyd: Zurita’s ‘Kurosawa 356′ September 9, 2013: Zurita came back from a trip to Vienna, where he read and visited Erick Hackel (the marvelous Viennese novelist who has depicted the violence of Latin American dictatorships like few Latinos have) and since their flight was via New York, we could at least see each other for a couple of hours. I was living in Brooklyn with my daughter, on [...] by

Zurita and the Snowman September 3, 2013: [caption id="attachment_72952" align="alignright" width="500"] Photo by Russell Monk[/caption] Late last night, on the phone, a dear friend told me “a poem is something produced through the poet.” Each of us hung up, in our distant cities, with this idea in mind. She said she called to broaden my horizons, to calm my doubts. I took it in [...] by

PEN Announces 2013 Translation Fund Winners July 23, 2013: For the tenth year PEN's Translation Fund has selected a handful of its Advisory Board's favorite works for funding. Per their site: This year, as in the past, the PEN/Heim Translation Fund plays a critical role in bringing important works of literature from around the world to an English-speaking audience through vivid and elegant [...] by

New Directions Leads Us to Nicanor Parra’s Antipoesía. . . March 21, 2013: Happy World Poetry Day! So says New Directions: "Perhaps today is the day you finally put pen to paper. And if you need encouragement, look no further than Chilean poet Nicanor Parra's 'Young Poets' from Poems and Antipoems for sagely advise on composing poetry. And because this is World Poetry Day, we've included the Spanish original as [...] by