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The Selected Poetry

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This is the first major collection of the great Chilean writer's work to appear in English. Huidobro is considered one of the most significant poets of our century and is recognized as one of the seminal figures in modern Spanish-language poetry.
Paperback, 234 pages
Published January 17th 1982 by New Directions (first published January 1982)
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Siendo mi primer acercamiento a Huidobro, debo decir que fue placentero mas no sencillo de leer e interpretar. Tuve que acostumbrarme a su ritmo y dejarme llevar como en una montaña rusa sin detenerme a analizar verso por verso. El poema que más me gustó fue "Primer amor " donde dibuja a Eva bellamente. Sentí que podía tocarla, palparla y adorarla . Fui Adán en ese hermoso poema.

Buscaré un poco más de su poesía para empaparme mejor de su estilo.
Jun 27, 2008 Tosh rated it it was amazing
What a magnificent poet! Friend of Picasso (who wasn't in those days?) and a man of great wit and charm. Sadly this book is not in print anymore. I dream of going to a bookstore and finding nothing but New Directions editions of all the greats. Wouldn't that be grand?
Oct 08, 2013 Blurp rated it really liked it
Rich guy uses funny language to talk about the stars and flying and trees and things like that a long time ago.

Lots of children, nature and musing on the ontology of language.

This is a broad collection with some of the early French stuff, bits of the understandably well-regarded 'Altazor' and a nice smattering of the later super-rad stuff that reads like Homer if Homer knew how to do something other than make a list of what a superhero were doing meanwhile pretending all the while that humans
Mar 15, 2014 Josef rated it really liked it
Huidobro's reaching to grasp or express the root and goal of things is sometimes painful, sometimes exasperating, sometimes frustrating, but always exciting and worthwhile, even if one sometimes grows out of it for awhile, the idolatry of the poetic sensibility. I'm older now and when I go back to a Huidobro or a Borges, I see the thing a bit clearer for what it is, the passion to wonder, and that's just about as grand of an emotion one can have isn't it?
Aug 26, 2008 George rated it it was amazing
One of the "lost" treasures of Latin American poetry. I'm glad Drew Kunz added this to his list. This is a remarkable book with a rich gathering of translators rendering Huidobro's work into English. The introduction is also enlightening, particularly the story of Huidobro on his deathbed, holding the mirror before his breath. Huidobro--THE "creationist"--was a unique voice, one well worth investigating. I give this book, and Huidobro's work in general, my highest ranking.
infinitely more modern than dario, although he's not so far removed in time. huidobro was well travelled, and his work reads much the way many of his contemporaries' does - allusive, richly symbolic, full of associate leaps and boundless energy. i like it, but i also have a saturation point. "express" and "eiffel tower" were ones i particularly liked. the translators have done a bang up job, the sounds of the poems in english is still quite lovely.
May 12, 2008 CA rated it it was amazing
"Through whoever dreams
Mooningbook crystal moon
Wherein dreams
Where I rule"

AND HE DOES RULE! An old friend of mine doesn't care for some of the translations in this book, but I've liked this book for years and can't help it! And isn't that a cool Juan Gris portrait of Huidobro on the cover?

Jul 29, 2009 Arlene rated it it was ok
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I found the poetry in this book tedious, at least in English. This is a bilingual edition, so that you can see that the sound of words often drives the poetry--and that's lost in the English. Translations by various people. Some of the early poems are in French, most in Huidobro's native Spanish.
Aug 15, 2014 Sasha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A few scattered lines of absolute genius suspended in an ocean of bland phrases spiced with a healthy dose of megalomania.
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Vicente García-Huidobro Fernández was a Chilean poet born to an aristocratic family. He was an exponent of the artistic movement called Creacionismo ("Creationism"), which held that a poet should bring life to the things he or she writes about, rather than just describe them.

Huidobro was born into a wealthy family in Santiago. After spending his first years in Europe, he enrolled in a Jesuit secon
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