Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Latinx Studies. Edited by Tony Frazer. Translated by Michael Smith, Luis Ingelmo, Tony Frazer, Eliot Weinberger. This selected edition presents an overview of all of Huidobro's work, from 1914 until 1948, when his final, posthumous volume was published, moving from the early symbolist work, through the high avant-garde phase towards the end of the First World War, then through Altazor and Temblor de cielo, the highpoint of his career (both published in 1931), and on into the quieter late poetry which synthesises the previous work and settles down into a post-vanguard style. Also included are two manifestos and two interviews with the author.
Tony Frazer is the publisher of Shearsman Books, founder of Shearsman magazine, and occasional translator from German and Spanish. He is engaged in a large project to bring the majority of Vicente Huidobro's poetry into English.
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