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Roberto Juarroz
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Vertikale Poesie(1958 93)

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Winner of the Colorado Book Award for Translation upon its release, this book brings to English-speaking audiences new work by this brilliant Argentine poet of whom Octavio Paz says, "Each of Juarroz's poems is a surprising verbal crystallization: language reduced to a drop of light." In Juarroz's work we encounter the vertical depths of language, the inner wells.
88 pages
Published 1993 by Ed. Delta (first published 1974)
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Sep 26, 2012 PGR Nair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Born in Coronel Dorrego near Buenos Aires in 1929, Roberto Juarroz worked as a professor Library Science in University of Buenos Aires. Intensely withdrawn as a person and a philosophical thinker , he was the proponent of what he himself called "explosive poetry", seeking pastures that goes beyond conventional limits of poetry and language. Ocatvio Paz called him one of the most distinguished of all Latin American poets. Paz wrote:" Each poem of Roberto Juarroz is a surprising verbal crystalliz ...more
Fellow Argentine poet Guillermo Boido had the following to say about 'poetry':

"I have thought that poetry ought to arrive at what is unsayable...This brings me to the idea of metapoetry, of a metapoem. A metapoetry as a counterproposal, inventive, imaginative, rather than rational..."

This is exactly what Juarroz (through Crow) accomplishes with his poems. They are poems that meditate on poems, that deconstruct themselves at the very moment they assert themselves. "Poetry that points out its imp
Feb 07, 2013 Esthër rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Qué cantidad de sensaciones condensadas en la simpleza y la tristeza de Juarroz. Y qué pena terminar su antología esencial :(
Mar 15, 2012 Ie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am only half way through, but I already know that this book will destroy me before it ends. There is so much of Juarroz' that I respond to: his obsession with intermediaries, his paradoxes, his diction. He may be the poet I've been looking for, all this time.

Update: Just as I expected. There were a few poems that didn't really awe me, so I wasn't destroyed exactly, but I hate to be an absolutist at this point. The exceptional ones far outweighed the blahs and the book was so worth the money. H
Mar 24, 2012 Ie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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More of 3.5, really.

I like it when the terrain's rough and creates a lot of friction in my reading. I like it esoteric, difficult, irreverent, cause am I repeatedly forced to start from scratch. In other words, I'm masochistic.

This VP didn't have much friction. I glided from one poem to another most of the time. I guess it was because of Juarroz' stylistic stasis. But perhaps it was also because I felt less movement within and between the poems, less correspondence. I dunno. It just felt less in
Jul 12, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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13, 27, 46, 16, 25, 4, 11, 21, 13, 45, 14, 24, 35, 7
Soledad que no es tan soledad.
Muerte que no es tan muerte.
Lo fugaz dentro, lo eterno fuera.
Dead, dead, dead.

La parte de sí
que hay en el no
y la parte del no
que hay en el sí
se separan a veces de sus cauces
y se unen en otro
que ya no es sí ni no.

Por ese cauce corre el río
de los cristales más despiertos.
Dec 14, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Verticle Poetry" contains fascinating and inspired work to which I return again and again.
Dec 06, 2012 Ie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Juarroz as is. Though I prefer Crow's work over Merwin's.
Dec 12, 2015 Ada rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Roberto Juarroz nació en Coronel Dorrego, Provincia de Buenos Aires (Argentina), el 5 de octubre de 1925, y murió en Temperley, provincia de la capital argentina, el 31 de marzo de 1995. Graduado en la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, recibió de esa misma institución una beca y realizó estudios de perfeccionamiento en La Sorbona, en donde alcanzó más tarde el cargo ...more
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“7 - VI
Quizá debemos aprender que lo imperfecto
es otra forma de la perfección:
la forma que la perfección asume
para poder ser amada.”
“Poesía Vertical 22

Inventar el regreso del mundo
después de su desaparición.
E inventar un regreso a ese mundo
desde nuestra desaparición.
Y reunir las dos memorias,
para juntar todos los detalles.

Hay que ponerle pruebas al infinito,
para ver si resiste.”
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