Mr. Iommi Goes to Paris

Detail, Godofredo Iommi: Morincoux, September 1962. Printed in Ailleurs 1 (1963), 18. Ailleurs 1 (1963), 18.

Detail, Godofredo Iommi: Morincoux, September 1962. Printed in Ailleurs 1 (1963), 18.

The past 24 hours have been a frenzy of amazing discoveries about Godofredo Iommi’s time in Europe. Until I fell down this rabbit hole I frankly doubted its existence. Godo’s time in Europe—ca. 1959 to ca. 1964—is not well-documented; hence my estimates regarding his departure and return. But using the tidbits I did know (friendship with Carmelo Arden Quin, long stay in Paris, prolific writing tendencies) I was confident I would find something.  Continue reading

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First Edition of Amereida

Cruz, Alberto, Fabio Cruz, Godofredo Iommi, Edison Simons, Michel Deguy, Jonathan Boulting, Henri Tronquoy, Claudio Girola, François Fedier, and Jorge Pérez Román. Amereida. Santiago: Editorial Cooperative Lambda, 1967.

Alberto Cruz, Fabio Cruz, Godofredo Iommi, Edison Simons, Michel Deguy, Jonathan Boulting, Henri Tronquoy, Claudio Girola, François Fedier, and Jorge Pérez Román. Amereida. Santiago: Editorial Cooperative Lambda, 1967.

I was winding down a four-hour library session yesterday when I accidentally found the first edition of Amereida I. Or to put it in the terms of the School of Valparaíso,  the book irrupted into my presence. Curiosity led me to look at the shelf of other editions of Amereida I. Just as I was standing to leave I saw a book tucked into the gap between stacks. The cover was unlike anything I have ever seen from the School and it took me a while to make out the lettering. But once all the shapes came together, there it was: Amereida. Continue reading