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Author: Vicente Huidobro

The Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro (1893-1948) is one of the most important figures in 20th-century Hispanic poetry and, with César Vallejo, one of the pioneering avant- gardists in Spanish. Originally from an upper-class Santiago family, Huidobro was fortunate to have the means to support himself and his family while he found his artistic way. After an early phase writing in a quasi-symbolist style in his native city, he moved to Paris and threw himself into the local artistic milieu with a passion, quickly becoming a notable figure, publishing a large number of books in the period 1917-1925. Influenced initially by Apollinaire, Huidobro quickly befriended both forward-looking French writers such as Reverdy, Cocteau and Radiguet, and the Spanish expatriate artists, including Picasso and Juan Gris. He reached his poetic maturity in 1931 with the publication of two master-pieces: the long poem, Altazor, and the book-length prose-poem Temblor de cielo (Skyquake). Two further collections would follow during his lifetime, both published in Santiago in 1941. While he also published successful novels and plays, it is for his poetry that he is best remembered today.

Arctic Poems / Poemas Árticos
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Arctic Poems / Poemas Árticos

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Poetry. Latinx Studies. Translated by Tony Frazer. Huidobro published POEMAS ÁRTICOS in Madrid in 1918, this being the last of a rapid series of publications which established him as a major new talent both in French and in Spanish. POEMAS ÁRTICOS i...

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Citizen of Oblivion
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Citizen of Oblivion

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Translated by Tony Frazer. El ciudadano del olvido was published in Santiago in 1941, as one of a pair of volumes that summed up Huidobro's shorter poems from the mid-1920s to the late 1930s. The two books show the author as a quieter figure, more m...

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Equatorial and other poems
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Equatorial and other poems

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Poetry. Latinx Studies. Translated by Eliot Weinberger. This volume presents the four chapbooks published by Huidobro in 1917-18 and offers, at first glance, an odd mixture. Chronologically, we have El espejo de agua, written in Spanish in 1914-16, ...

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Manifestos
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Manifestos

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Literary Nonfiction. In 1925, Huidobro published this collection of manifestos to consolidate his position in the avant-garde in the face of the burgeoning new Surrealist movement and also as a reaction to attacks from one Spanish critic in particul...

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Paris 1925: Ordinary Autumn & All of a Sudden
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Paris 1925: Ordinary Autumn & All of a Sudden

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Poetry. Latinx Studies. Translated by Tony Frazer. Before attaining his poetic maturity—and this would be through poems written mostly in Spanish—Huidobro wrote these two collections in French and published them in Paris in 1925, the same year that ...

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The Poet Is a Little God: Creationist Verse
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The Poet Is a Little God: Creationist Verse

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Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Spanish by Jorge García-Gómez. Introduction by Gary Kern. THE POET IS A LITTLE GOD collects three small books of poetry, El espejo de agua, Poemas arcticos and Ecuatorial, plus a ...

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Skyquake / Temblor de cielo
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Skyquake / Temblor de cielo

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Poetry. Latinx Studies. Translated by Tony Frazer. The prose-poem TEMBLOR DE CIELO is more apparently unified work than its contemporary work, Altazor, although this might owe more to its style of delivery: an ecstatic outpouring of words that large...

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Sky-Quake: Tremor of Heaven
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Sky-Quake: Tremor of Heaven

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Poetry. Latinx Studies. Inspired by the legend of Tristan and Isolde, Vicente Huidobro's SKY-QUAKE: TREMOR OF HEAVEN is a stunning prose poem driven by a relentless seismic energy that takes metaphor-making and image-building to unimaginable heights...

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Square Horizon / Horizon carré
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Square Horizon / Horizon carré

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Poetry. Latinx Studies. Translated by Tony Frazer. Huidobro published HORIZON CARRÉ in Paris in 1917 and quickly followed it with Tour Eiffel (in French and Spanish; Madrid, 1918), Hallali (in French; Madrid, 1918); Ecuatorial (in Spanish; Madrid, 1...

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