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Poems to Read on a Streetcar

(New Directions Poetry Pamphlet #11)

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Virtually unknown in the English-speaking world, Girondo is one of the pioneers of Latin American literature. This selection offers a glimpse of a precise and playful writer who insisted that a poem “should be constructed like a watch and sold like a sausage.”
Paperback, 48 pages
Published January 27th 2014 by New Directions
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Justin Evans
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This is a review of Heather Cleary's selection and translation of Girondo's work, 'Poems to Read on a Streetcar,' not the volume 'Veinte poemas para ser leídos en el tranvía.'

Now that's out of the way, know that this is a wonderful little book, and Clearly has done me a great service by putting it together. Girondo's early poems start out like standard description-of-a-place modernism, but tend to end with what Borges called a slap in the face: a description of a street scene ends with "As I rea
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Antonio Delgado
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This a good introduction to the English reader to the great poetry of Oliverio Girondo. His poetry is ethereal: it flies and elates the body into places it cannot go on its own.
Meg Tuite
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pure brilliance! I look forward to reading more of his poetry and poetic prose! Powerful truth! LOVE!
Dan
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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love this guy.
an fyi, this collection pulls from a number of texts Girondo wrote in his life, not just poems to read on a streetcar.
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Born of a wealthy family in Buenos Aires in 1891, Oliverio Girondo spent his early years in Argentina and Europe, traveling to the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900, when he was only nine, and where he later claimed to have seen Oscar Wilde stalking the streets with sunflower in hand. After spending some time at the Lycée Louis le Grand in Paris and Epsom School in England, he made an agreemen ...more

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