Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Spanish by Mark Weiss. "The poetry of Kozer, in this beautifully selected & translated edition, moves from a particular person & place (Cuban, Jewish, caught between home & exile) into a tangle of locations & perceptions that gives his poetry a nearly epic status. While the work has an avant-garde ('neobaroque') foundation—& it does—it's the humanity of the writing (passionate & comic by turns & always precisely referential) that predicts its lasting greatness. A resident of America & of the world, José Kozer is a poet who works at full throttle, gives us thereby what poetry has never done before & what it has always done"—Jerome Rothenberg.
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José Kozer (born Havana, 1940) is the son of parents who migrated to Cuba from Poland and Czechoslovakia in the 1920s, and the grandson of a founder of Adath Israel, Cuba's first Ashkenazi synagogue. He studied law at the University of Havana, left Cuba in 1960, and received a BA from New York University in 1965. He taught for many years at Queens College of the City University of New York, retiring as a full professor in 1997, after which he lived for two years in Spain before settling in South Florida. Regarded as the leading Cuban poet of his generation, he is the author of 63 poetry collections, including TOKONOMA (Shearsman Books, 2014), ANIMA (Shearsman Books, 2011), and STET: SELECTED POEMS (Junction Press, 2006). In 2013 he was awarded the "Pablo Neruda" award by the Chilean government, one of the most important literary prizes in the Spanish-speaking world.Author City: HALLANDALE, FL USA