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Micrograms

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"So extraordinarily clear, so connected to the primitive I imagine I am . . . participating in a vision already lost to the world." —William Carlos Williams

The microgram is collected, pondered upon, and defined in this quiet classic of Ecuadorian literature.

In the alphabet of things
the snail invents
the penultimate letter.


Jorge Carrera Andrade (1902–1978) has been recognize
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Wave Books
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Leslie Ann
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
A lovely collection of translated haikus (via Spanish) and other haiku-like poems.
Karen Siddall
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was so glad to receive this a Goodreads' First Reads winner.

MICROGRAMS provided a nice introduction to the work of Jorge Carrera Andrade and included an exposition by Andrade himself of the form known as a microgram. I was intrigued. Then came the presented collection of micrograms and a selection of haikus that Andrade had translated from the original Japanese to Spanish (presented to us in English). Each page turn was such a delight revealing little insights, tiny bursts of thought and impre
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Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Pithy, precise, vivid--all one could hope for from a selection of small poems, seamlessly translated.
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Edward Moore
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love the short form poems. This was a good read for me. It gave me some reasons to get back to my haiku and epigram style poetry.
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Jorge Carrera Andrade was an Ecuadorian poet, historian, author, and diplomat during the 20th century. He was born in Quito, Ecuador in 1902. He died in 1978.

While living in the United States, Carrera developed many literary relationships with American writers, in particular Muna Lee whose critically-acclaimed translation of his poetry, Secret Country, was published in 1946. His work was praised a
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