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 lecture on poetry by the famous avant-garde Chilean poet.Ars PoeticaLet the verse be as a keyOpening a thousand doors.A leaf falls; something is flying by;Let whatever your eyes gaze upon be created,And the soul of the hearer remain shivering.Invent new worlds and watch over your word;The adjective, when not a life-giver, kills.We are in the cycle of nerves.Like a memoryThe muscle hangs in the museums;Nevertheless, we have no less strength:True vigorDwells in the head.Why do you sing the rose, oh Poets!Make it blossom in the poem;Only for usLive all things under the Sun.The Poet is a little God.
Avant-garde poet Vicente Huidobro was born into an aristocratic family in Santiago, Chile. He is known as the creator and exponent of the literary movement called Creationism (Creacionismo), which combined aspects of modernism with neo-platonism and the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. After studying literature at the University of Chile, he lived in Paris for about ten years, where he associated with poets and artists such as Pablo Picasso, Guillaume Apollinaire, and Pierre Reverdy. Huidobro returned to Chile in the mid-1920s, founded a number of magazines, and ran for the presidency of Chile, ultimately losing the campaign. His most definitive works are Altazor and Temblor de cielo (both 1931). He died in Cartagena, Chile, in 1948, at the age of 56.Author City: Santiago CHL