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
Elizabeth Clark Wessel interviews Alejandro deAcosta and Joshua Beckman @ BOMBlog
John Keene @ Drunken Boat