Probable Lives


Acclaimed Spanish poet's make-believe anthology of non-existent 20th century writers forgotten in their own time.

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Acclaimed Spanish poet's make-believe anthology of non-existent 20th century writers forgotten in their own time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929918812
  • Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2006
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Lannan Translations Selection Series Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Felipe Benítez Reyes is a primary figure of the Spanish movement, The Poetry of Experience. Probable Lives won the 1996 National Book Award in Spain, 1996 National Critics' Award in Spain, and the City of Melilla International Prize. Other awards include the Ateneo de Sevilla Prize, the Ojo Crítico Award from Radio Nacional, the Luis Cernuda Prize, and Fundación Loewe Prize. Aaron Zaritzky holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Arizona (2004). He has worked as a language instructor for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona since 2002. He received a Tinker Grant to research Benítez's use of literary allusion in the Spanish National Library.
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Table of Contents

Paul Chase, the tourist 15
War diary 17
The lofty hendecasyllabist Servando Montes 29
Essential anthology 33
The wandering portfolio of Angel Ruiz del Valle 35
The cafe 39
Holy week 41
The girl and the old man 43
The clan 45
The actor 47
Lucas Villalba, the suspect 49
The art of murder 51
The poetess Amita Lo 59
Display case 61
The counterfeiter Rogelio Vega 67
John Keats / ode to the trees 69
Giacomo Leopardi / pilgrimage to Loreto 71
Emily Dickinson 73
T. S. Eliot / Putney Highgate 75
Alvaro de Campos / bills 79
Gonzalo de Lerma, the untraceable poet 81
World war 83
Fears 85
Composition of place 87
Jazz band 89
Locus Amoenus 91
Question for God 93
Lucas Cebrian, epigrammatist 95
Epigrams 97
Miguel Fonseca, traditional poet 109
Arte Menor 111
Pablo Arana, poet of experience 115
Homage 117
The newspapers speak of Scottie Fitzgerald 121
Beauty 123
Poetry 125
Nocturne 127
Pau Rinkel, the misfit 129
The gentleman 131
Eldorado 133
Echoes of society 135
Chain reaction 137
The detail 139
The luggage 141
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