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Immanent Visitor: Selected Poems

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Immanent Visitor is the first English-language translation of the work of Bolivia's greatest and most visionary twentieth-century poet. A poète maudit, Jaime Saenz rejected the conventions of polite society and became a monk in service of his own imagination. Apocalyptic and occult in his politics, a denizen of slum taverns, unashamedly bisexual, insistently nocturnal in h ...more
Paperback, 167 pages
Published October 30th 2002 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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Apr 10, 2010 Carrie rated it it was amazing
"Many times searching without being able to find you, the twilight would surprise me in the hour of your eyes.
Many times i forgot you, wanted to forget myself and remember, and remembered I had to forget you,
thinking of you for the very reason I didn't want to remember you
—the twilight would surround me at such times, I remember it perfectly.
I confused you with the twilight confusing myself with you;
you confused me with the twilight confusing yourself with me,
and you and I confused ourselves wit
Aug 11, 2015 M. rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2015
Saenz is the first non-French poet in ages who has me excited.
The title poem (or, rather, the excerpts from it that are included in this edition) is amazing; Saenz has the kind of discursive mind that expresses itself better in long, meandering poems than in short ones. Via long series of imprecise verbal volleys, he attempts to approximate obscure ideas that are impossible to express exactly, in the same way that certain mathematical curves approach but never touch their asymptote. The abstruseness of Saenz's writing can be frustrating, and the reader mus ...more
Aug 09, 2011 Krzysztof rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry, ebook, 2011, reviewed
Pretty disappointed with this. I remember reading some excerpts from "The Night" years ago and thinking they were pretty good. Gander also came highly recommended, but these poems are all essentially the same. Granted, if any obsession is reasonable, it's an obsession with death - but I didn't feel he was saying very much here, other than to rehash some Buddhist philosophy in dark, meta-looping, cosmological language.

The afterward states: "The poetry unwinds in long lines marked by labyrinthine
Jul 15, 2007 Hollie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, poetry
Jaime Saenz is one of my favorite poets. His work is creepy, surrealist, and dream-like. At his best, it reminds me of the lesser known works of Salvador Dali. He tends to the macabre, seeing in every living person a dead one waiting to get out. But his poetry is not hopeless. There is often love and affection expressed for these inner-selves, with an awareness to the typical denial of their existence.

Saenz is not a comfortable poet, and I doubt he will achieve the popularity of Edgar Alan Poe.
Mar 02, 2012 Ie rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2012
I'm going through this Latin American poetry phase lately, and I want to start off with this poète maudit who some see as the singular poetic voice of Bolivia.

Update: Not as good as I hoped. I'm thinking it has to do with the translation. Maybe not. His excessiveness irks me sometimes, especially the deliberate repetition of a word within a line. I hope there's more of his later work translated, from As the Comet Passes onward.

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En Sáenz, vida y obra se suponen y se iluminan mutuamente. Así, la imagen de escritor rebelde, marginado, alcohólico, nocturno y enemigo del artificio de la “gente bien”, no sólo remite a uno de los pocos enfants terribles de las letras bolivianas, sino que es parte integrante de una vida que asumió la escritura con vocación monástica. El resultado fue una obra que es una visión de mundo extraordi ...more
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