Micrograms, Jorge Carrera Andrade


Jorge Carrera Andrade

Publisher: Wave Books
PubDate: 11/1/2011
ISBN: 9781933517551
Price: $16.00
Quantity Available: 12
Pages: 96
SKU #: C13C

Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Alejandro de Acosta and Joshua Beckman. Deliberately anachronistic and delightfully extractable, the microgram is a metaphor itself for that which is well worth the digging. Equal parts essay, anthology, and poetry, and weirdly postmodern in structure, MICROGRAMS embodies the work of Jorge Carrera Andrade, illustrating his claim that the impulse toward the microgram has always existed. Illuminating the form in its many incarnations (most famously the Japanese haiku), Carrera Andrade points to the richness of possibility contained therein.

Author City: Quito ECU

Jorge Carrera Andrade was born in 1902 in Quito, Ecuador, and died there in 1978, after spending the bulk of his adult life abroad. His distinguished literary career spanned a wide range of work, from editing and translation to criticism and poetry, much of which was published internationally and engaged international themes. It is from this "worldly" perspective and influence that his work grew, and maybe the most fascinating of these works is his MICROGRAMS.  

Reviews and Other Links
M. A.Orthofer @ the complete review
Publishers Weekly
Elizabeth Clark Wessel interviews Alejandro deAcosta and Joshua Beckman @ BOMBlog
John Keene @ Drunken Boat

about the translators:

Alejandro de Acosta writes on anarchist philosophy and aesthetics. Since moving to Austin, Texas, seven years ago, he has launched the micropress mufa::poema, publishing and freely distributing eight booklets of poetry and philosophy. He is currently composing a book of fifteen “amoral” essays inspired by Montaigne and Hume.

Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of six books of poetry, and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including POKER by Toma┼ż Šalamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. He is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle and New York.

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