Poetry. Anthology. Latinx Studies. TRUSTING ON THE WIDE AIR: POEMS OF URUGUAY gathers together the best of contemporary and historical Uruguayan poetry. The anthology's title comes from the Jules Supervielle's poem "Montevideo" where "The scent of eucalyptus / Trusted itself to the wide air" and in these poems we smell the eucalyptus and jacaranda, taste the mate and sweet alfajores, hear the candombe drums, and feel what it means to be in Uruguay.
"Surprising and illuminating, TRUSTING ON THE WIDE AIR: POEMS OF URUGUAY invites the reader to visit this small South American country through its poetry—to listen to its poets, generation on generation, in conversation with one another. A book for poets, poetry lovers, and readers who want to hear the rhythms of carnival, to walk along sand beaches and drink in lonely cafes, to travel to far towns and cities in an instant. A delight!"—Ron Wallace"For several years now, through the poets they have translated and the anthologies they each have edited, Jesse Lee Kercheval and Laura Chalar have been doing readers in the US an enormous service by bringing us an astonishing range of poetry from Uruguay. TRUSTING ON THE WIDE AIR: POEMS OF URUGUAY serves up another welcome helping from this small nation with outsized poetic resources."—Geoffrey Brock
"For readers who've never visited the smallest country in South America, this anthology offers rich insight into a new destination; for those well-versed with the country, the book offers a study of Uruguay renewed. Moving from description to declaration, meditation to assertion, TRUSTING ON THE WIDE AIR: POEMS OF URUGUAY's greatest gift, perhaps, is that its poetry transcends the record of landscape and memory."—Shara Lessley"More than one hundred years of extraordinary poets fill these pages... From the long-established resident to the nostalgic emigrant and the enamored visitor, these authors paint with verse their impressions of the music of candombe and the rituals of daily life, the architecture and history of Montevideo with its Parisian splendor and urban squalor, the sea of a river that forms its port and bay, and the flora and fauna that grace its countryside."—Lisa Rose Bradford