Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Spanish by Stuart Krimko. In his final two books, Héctor Viel Temperley sought to create a complete world, a surreal realm of profound spirituality that would be attained through intensely physical experience. In "Crawl," the first of two book-length poems included here, a swimmer pulls his body alongside an urban coast, pounded by thunderstorms. His determined strokes establish the rhythm for an ecstatic meditation upon spirit and flesh, a tireless quest for secrets located "between the eye that trembles / and the eye of the abyss." Viel Temperley's pursuit would take on even greater urgency in "Hospital Británico," written as the poet recovered from brain surgery, and named for the facility in which he was treated. This final, kaleidoscopic opus is a radical and literal recreation of his life's work, a "version" of his present embedded by "splinters" from his past—boxers, pimps, sailors, sharks, and swimmers—that crests toward the future with the inexorable power of prayer. With an introduction by translator Stuart Krimko, and Viel Temperley's sole published interview (with filmmaker and author Sergio Bizzio), this bilingual edition introduces the English-speaking public to one of Argentina's most original and elusive poets.
P. Scott Cunningham's interview with translator Stuart Krimko and publisher Arlo Haskell @ Zoland PoetryIan Dreiblatt @ Sink Review
Héctor Viel Temperley was born in Buenos Aires in 1933 and died there in 1987. He was the author of nine collections of poetry, including The Swimmer, Nautical Chart, and Foreign Legion. Though he did not give readings and his books were often published in limited editions, Viel Temperley has become recognized in the Argentine literary community as one of the singular poets of his generation. He is perhaps best known for the spiritual intensity and unusual formal structures that characterize his final two books, Crawl (1982) and Hospital Británico.Author City: Buenos Aires ARG