Ül: Four Mapuche Poets : an Anthology

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Cecilia Vicuña
Americas Society, Jan 1, 1998 - Poetry - 149 pages
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Poetry Anthology. Native American Studies. Latino/a Studies. UL: FOUR MAPUCHE POETS is a collection of work by contemporary Chilean poets Elicura Chihuailaf, Leonel Lienlaf, Jaime Luis Huenun, and Graciela Huinao. Written in the poets' native Mapudungun and Spanish, and appearing with English translations, these extraordinary poems celebrate the rich indigenous heritage of Chile and provide rare insight into a culture that remains largely unknown. The mystery of midnight has always stirred me. / It would seem the heavens dropped sharpened knives / to earth, cutting the night in two. / I think of my mother at midnight 14 October / 1956 when my mouth became filled with the South. (Graciela Huinao, Semblance of a Biography). This collection includes a useful introduction by Vicuna, with extensive notes, as well as a glossary. It is co-published with the Americas Society as one of two unprecedented anthologies appearing in trilingual format. Editor Cecilia Vicuna is a Chilean poet and author of UNRAVELLING WORDS AND THE W

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This is a collection of poetry by four poets of indigenous Chilean (Mapuchean) descent, most of which have not been published previously. The poems deal with the lives of Mapucheans, who make up ... Read full review


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Cecilia Vicuna is a poet, visual artist, and filmmaker born in Santiago de Chile. The author of twenty books of poetry, she exhibits and performs widely in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Her multidimensional works begin as a poem, an image or a line that morphs into a film, a song, a sculpture or a collective performance. She calls this impermanent, participatory work "lo precario" (the precarious), transformative acts or "metaphors in space" which bridge the gap between art and life, the ancestral and the avant-garde. Her film/poem Kon Kon Pi was included in the ON LINE exhibition at MoMA in 2010. Soy Yos: Antologia, l966- 2006 was published by Lom Ediciones, Chile in 2011. She co-edited The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry (2009). Her book Chanccani Quipu, a quipu edition of 32 copies, is forthcoming from Granary Books in 2012. Spit Temple: Selected Oral Performances of Cecilia Vicuna is also forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse.

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