Corriendo bajo la lluvia {Running Back Through the Rain]

Corriendo bajo la lluvia {Running Back Through the Rain]

by Raul Barrientos
     
 

Born in the south of Chile, but living and writing in the U.S. for the past thirty years, Raúl Barrientos eludes the easy categories: Latin American, Latino, American. All of these, and more. Yet always a poet, turning whatever he touches into startling imagery and gritty, enduring verse. These poems trace a trajectory from the 1973 coup d'etat in Chile

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Born in the south of Chile, but living and writing in the U.S. for the past thirty years, Raúl Barrientos eludes the easy categories: Latin American, Latino, American. All of these, and more. Yet always a poet, turning whatever he touches into startling imagery and gritty, enduring verse. These poems trace a trajectory from the 1973 coup d'etat in Chile to a difficult end-of-millennium in Manhattan. They give the reader a privileged view of a long and continually productive career in poetry—and a glimpse of the life behind it.

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"It is easy to sense the incantatory, nightmarish linguistic fire. . . . The publication of [Corriendo bajo la lluvia] is an occasion for optimism in terms of restoring lost dialogues and creating new ones at a time when, more than ever, perhaps, one can appreciate the therapeutic value of the poetic word as it joins readers from different generations and places in its secret, mycelial life."--Steven F. White, Review Magazine

— Steven F. White

Review Magazine - Steven F. White

"It is easy to sense the incantatory, nightmarish linguistic fire. . . . The publication of [Corriendo bajo la lluvia] is an occasion for optimism in terms of restoring lost dialogues and creating new ones at a time when, more than ever, perhaps, one can appreciate the therapeutic value of the poetic word as it joins readers from different generations and places in its secret, mycelial life."
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This poetry collection will provide readers with a glimpse of Barrientos's multifaceted experience as a Latin American, a Latino, and a North American, as he was born in Chile but has lived in the United States for more than 30 years. A widely published poet in Spain and Latin America, Barrientos has also won several awards, including Chile's Consejo Nacional del Libro y la Lectura prize for his unpublished manuscripts Monarca (Monarch, 1993) and Llave de neon (Neon Key, 1997). Written from 1982 to 1998, the poems in this collection span the early 1970s, from the tragic 1973 coup d'etat in Chile to the pre-millennium frenzy of 1998. Barrientos's poetry is difficult to categorize on first reading, as his experiences and voice are so vast. His words transmit something more than what he intends, so readers may have a hard time placing and interpreting his work. Nevertheless, Barrientos tackles interesting historical and social issues that are seldom explored in this genre. Together with fellow translator Maurer, Heller, the winner of the Latin American Writers Institute Translation Award in 1989 for his translation of Barrientos's work, provides an accurate and accessible English version. Recommended for libraries with large Spanish-language poetry collections.
—Veronica Reyes, Univ. of Arizona Lib., Tucson Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780967880846
Publisher:
Swan Isle Press
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
273
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Raúl Barrientos was born in Puerto Montt, a small town in the south of Chile. He studied at the Unversidad de Concepcion, where he later became professor of theater. After the 1973 military coup he left Chile for the United States and pursued advanced studies in Spanish-American literatures at the University of Pennsylvania and SUNY-Stony Brook.  He has published nine volumes of poetry.

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