"The work of Rodolfo Hinostroza carries us into a world of physical & spiritual poetry at its limits & beyond: a further gift from the Southern continent in line with the likes of Vallejo, Huidobro & Neruda, & no less powerful for all its late emergence. For those of us who want & need the fullness of a poetry unfettered, CONTRA NATURA takes its place as one of our new essentials—a ripeness & overabundance for which I'm truly grateful."—Jerome Rothenberg
"Kinetic, defiant, exuberant, furious, libidinous, and thunderously alive, CONTRA NATURA is an interdisciplinary tour de force: a restorative, transformative riot in which world history, current events, languages, literature, astrology, and mathematics are radiantly fused in Rodolfo Hinostrosa's kaleidoscopic lens. Anthony Seidman's translation is a marvel: attentive, inventive, agleam."—Robin Myers
"The publication of CONTRA NATURA, by the Peruvian poet Rodolfo Hinostroza in 1971—after having obtained the prestigious Maldoror Prize (1970), awarded by Barral editions, and judged by Octavio Paz—signified a major transformation in Latin American poetry, and in Spanish-language poetry at large. The book arrived with major expectations, garlanded with the same enthusiasm for other works within the great Western tradition ad portas of the XXI century. And indeed, CONTRA NATURA—now in its first-ever presentation for the Anglophonic world, as translated by Anthony Seidman—proves to be the most influential book of poetry written in Spanish, on both sides of the Atlantic."—Roger Santiváñez
Poetry. Latinx Studies.
Rodolfo Hinostroza (Peru, 1941-2016) is one of Latin America's most celebrated poets from the 20th century. His poetry is noted for its vast sweep which includes astronomy, history, counterculture, alchemy, politics, all rendered in erudite, yet lyrical open sequences. He is recognized as a bridge between Vallejo and contemporary poets from Peru. His most acclaimed collection of poetry, Contra natura (1971), made an impression as indelible as Vallejo's Trilce, and it won the Maldoror prize in 1970 with none other than Octavio Paz as presiding judge. Other publications by Hinostroza include Consejero del lobo (1964), the novel Fata morgana (1994), and the play Apocalipsis de una noche de verano (1988). He was awarded a Guggenheim in 2009 and Peru's Premio Nacional de Cultura in 2013 for his life's work. At the time of his death in 2016, he was revered by younger poets and was a central figure in the literary life of Lima.Author City: LIMA PER