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, first published in 1916, but, to all intents and purposes not distributed until 1918; Ecuatorial (written in Spanish, although the author also made a French version, Equatoriale, which is believed to be later), Hallali and Tour Eiffel. These last two publications, composed in French, were both marked by textual experimentation and were important influences on the nascent wave of the Spanish avant-garde. The four chapbooks were bookended, so to speak, by the French-language volume HORIZON CARRÉ (2017) and the Spanish-language collection, POEMAS ÁRTICOS (2018), both of which have already appeared in translation in this series of Huidobro volumes from Shearsman Books. This is a vital collection for understanding the early 20th century Latin-American and Spanish avant-gardes in poetry.
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