Poetry. Translated by Claudia Routon. SKY CHESS presents, in English for the first time (with the original Spanish included on facing pages), the work of the critically acclaimed poet from Córdoba, Spain, Antonio Ángel Agudelo. This translation of his latest book, El cielo ajedrez (El sastre de Apollinaire, 2016), with additional new, never previously published, poems. Several poets and critics preface the various sections of the book with short introductions that celebrate Agudelo's work as a poetics of the other, as rooted in the elements, and as a portal into being rather than knowing. Agudelo includes myth and faith imagery as a newly expressed ancient language to engage ways of probing, seeing, and being. A political thread throughout the book is anchored in the poem "The House of Ethics," suggesting poetry itself is an ethical discourse that structures and instantiates protest. This important work is enhanced by several full-color illustrations by Juan Carlos Mestre which complement beautifully the daring dimensions Agudelo invites.
Antonio Ángel Agudelo (Villaviciosa de Córdoba, Spain), prize winning and critically acclaimed poet and essayist, studied at the Universidad Laboral de Córdoba. Of note are the following collections of poetry: El Sueño de Ibiza (2008), Madreagua (2012), La Central Térmica (2012), El Mundo Líquido (2014), El cielo ajedrez (2016), El Atleta del Abismo (2018), and El oro de un rayo donde cabe el universo (2019). He has also contributed to the anthology Paisajes Corchúos (2009). In 2019 Agudelo won third place in the Concurso Internacional Temirqazyq, a prize given to the best poets and writers in the Spanish language.Author City: CORDOBA SPA