Gaga about Godo

My dissertation has a new leading man. I had been sensing this shift for the past few weeks as I drifted farther away from Godofredo Iommi’s poetry and into the waiting arms of Alberto Cruz’s maps. Of course, I have always been about the maps. It’s just that Iommi has a consuming way about him; from his stint on television, to his captivating poetry, to his Homeric presence in photographs he is difficult to ignore. And today, after finding the most charming edition of his poems, I know I’ll never fully break away from him. 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

Backup Crew

In About a Boy Marcus poignantly realizes that you can’t get through life on your own, or even with one more person in your gang. You needed backup. As I write to you, one year deep in my diss research, I have backup and then some. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the first pages of my dissertation. Maybe I can dream it into existence. I’ve already started drafting my dedication page and since the following players will most likely make the cut, I honor them here. Continue reading