Poetry. Cartonera Series. Translated from the Spanish by Elsa Costa. Each copy is a unique, limited edition. "The neobaroque poetics of Roger Santiváñez is a poetry of health rooted in the difficulty of composition, like a great shell curved epigraph from Ezra Pound's Canto XVII that begins his trancelike ROBERTS POOL TWILIGHTS, in which we perceive the vital forces of the poetic word unfold in twilight worlds of contemplative ecstasy and compositional struggle. When we read the sensation of the pulsing summer sky swirling in the river at twilight, & the glitter of the river's shimmer, or witness the sheer joy of perceiving the natural world unfurl into a poem writing itself into sheer immanence—'The bushes are perfect they dance…Farewell that's my funeral dirge'—we learn a lesson of what Santiváñez calls mental delight in his ROBERTS POOL TWILIGHTS that hinges on the monumentality yet incandescence to which art aspires." —Adam J. Shellhorse
Roger Santiváñez is a founder of the Kloaka movement. Among his most important books of poetry are El chico que se declaraba con la mirada (Asalto al Cielo/Editores, Lima, 1988), Symbol (Asalto al Cielo/Editores, Princeton, 1991), Cor Cordium (Asalto al Cielo/Editores, Amherst, 1995), Santa María (Hipocampo & Asalto al Cielo/Editores, Lima, 2001), Eucaristía (Tse-tse, Buenos Aires, 2004), Labranda (Hipocampo Editores & Asaltoalcielo, 2008), Amaranth precedido de Amastris (Amargord, Madrid, 2010), Roberts Pool Crepúsculos (Hipocampo Editores, 2011), Virtú (Hipocampo, Lima. Amargord, Madrid. Fondo de animal, Guayaquil. Universidad de Puebla, México. 2013), and Sagrado. Poesía reunida, 2004-2016 (Peisa, Lima, 2016). He teaches Spanish at Temple University, Philadelphia, where he earned a PhD in 2008 in Latin American Literature.
Author City: Piura PER
Elsa Costa was born in Chicago. She studied Latin American poetry at Bennington College. Her translations have been published in the journals Hiedra and Hostos Review, and in Asymmetries: Anthology of Peruvian Poetry (Cardboard House Press, 2014).
Author City: USA