Poetry. Edited by C.D. Wright. Translated from the Spanish by A.S. Zelman-Doring, Forrest Gander, and C.D. Wright. Forward by Raúl Zurita translated by Sarah Denaci and Forrest Gander. Like a nightscape's pulsating constellations, dreams and memories are exploded wide open in RAIN OF THE FUTURE—Mejer's bracing collection of prose poetry and lyrical sequences. Her charged words reimagine one's body as a constantly shifting geography, readying us to face life's most brutal rains.
Painter and poet Valerie Mejer was born in Mexico City. Her poems explore containment and fragility, layering loss and possibility over a once-familiar landscape. She is the author of the poetry collections THIS BLUE NOVEL (Action Books, 2015), translated by Michelle Gil-Montero, RAIN OF THE FUTURE (Action Books, 2013), translated by C.D. Wright, Forrest Gander, and Alexandra Zelman; de la ola, el atajo (2009); Geografías de Niebla (2008); Esta Novela Azul (2004), which was translated by Michelle Gil-Montero as This Blue Novel (2013); and Ante el Ojo de Cíclope (1999). Her book De Elefante a Elefante (1997) won the Spanish Government's "Gerardo Diego 1966" International Award. Her etchings appear in Raúl Zurita's Los Boteros de la Noche (2010), and her paintings appear in Forrest Gander's Ligaduras/Ligatures (2012) and in Antonio Prete's Menhir (2007) and L'imperfection de la Lune (2007). Mejer is also the recipient of two CONACULTA grants as well as a grant from Sistema Estatal de Creadores for her translations of Australian poet Les Murray's work. Author City: MEXICO CITY MEX