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The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology


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Here is the first anthology to present a full range of multilingual poetries from Latin America, covering over 500 years of a poetic tradition as varied, robust, and vividly imaginative as any in the world.

Editors Cecilia Vicuña and Ernesto Livon-Grosman present a fresh and expansive selection of Latin American poetry, from the indigenous responses to the European conquest, through early feminist poetry of the 19th century, the early 20th century "Modernismo" and "Vanguardia" movements, later revolutionary and liberation poetry of the 1960s, right up to the experimental, visual and oral poetries being written and performed today. Here readers will find several types of poetry typically overlooked in major anthologies, such as works written or chanted in their native languages, the vibrant mestizo (mixed) creations derived from the rich matrix of spoken language in Latin America, and even the mysterious verses written in made-up languages. In addition to the giants of Latin American poetry, such as César Vallejo, Vicente Huidobro, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, Haroldo and Augusto de Campos, and Gabriela Mistral, the editors have included a selection of vital but lesser known poets such as Pablo de Rohka, Blanca Varela, and Cecilia Meireles, as well as previously untranslated works by Simó n Rodríguez, Bartolomé Hidalgo, Oliverio Girondo, Rosa Araneda, and many others. In all, the anthology presents more than 120 poets, many in new translations--by Jerome Rothenberg, W.S. Merwin, and Forrest Gander, and others--specially commissioned for this anthology, and each accompanied by a biographical note. The book features both English and original language versions of the poems, a full bibliography, and an introduction by the editors.

Sure to stand as the definitive anthology for decades to come, The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry remaps the territory, offering new ways of looking at a poetry as diverse and complex as Latin America itself.

About the Author

Cecilia Vicuña is an independent poet, artist, and editor.

Ernesto Livon-Grosman is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Cultures at Boston College.

Table of Contents



An Introduction to Mestizo Poetics by Cecilia Vicuña

A Historical Introduction to Latin American Poetry by Ernesto Livon-Grosman

Anonymous Maya Scribes

Anonymous And All Was Destroyed (excerpt)

Anonymous Codex Cantares Mexicanos (excerpt)

Anonymous The Florentine Codex (excerpt)

Anonymous Inca Quipu

Inca Garcilaso de la Vega Beautiful Maiden

Anonymous Popol Vuh (excerpt)

Alonso de Ercilla y Zuñiga The Araucaniad (excerpt)

Mateo Rosas de Oquendo The Mestizo's Ballade

Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala Cachiuia

Festival of the Inca

Principal Accountant and Treasurer

Priests Who Force the Indians to Weave Cloth

Gregório de Matos Define Your City

An Anatomy of the Ailments Suffered by the Body of the Republic, In All Its Members, and Complete Definition of What Has Ever Been the City of Bahi

To The City of Bahia Laying His Eyes First Upon His City He Sees That Its Merchants Are The Primary Cause of Its Ruin, Because It Longs After Useless and Deceitful Goods

To The Palefaces of Bahia Upon Finding An Arm Taken from the Statue of the Christ Child of Our Lady of the Wonders, Which Was Profaned by Unbelievers at the See of Bahia

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz First Dream (excerpt)

This coloured counterfeit that thou beholdest

Tarry, shadow of my scornful treasure

Diuternal infirmity of hope

Villancico VIII (excerpt)

Anonymous The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel (excerpt)

Anonymous The Book of Chilam Balam of Mani (excerpt)

Anonymous Grant Don Juan V Life

Eight-Line Acrostic

Simón Rodríguez Social Virtues and Illuminations

Anonymous Atahualpa Death Prayer

Bartolomé Hidalgo New Patriotic Dialogue

Francisco Acuña de Figueroa To the Most Holy Virgin Mary

Multiform Salve (excerpt)

Alphabetical-Numerical Prophecy

Hilario Ascasubi The Slippery One

Antonio Gonçalves Dias Song of Exile

Manuel Antonio Álvares de Azevedo Intimate Ideas (excerpt)

Sousândrade Wall Street Inferno

José Hernández Martín Fierro (excerpt)

Antonio de Castro Alves The Slave Ship (Tragedy on the Sea) (excerpt)

Rosa Araneda Cueca of the Lady Conductors

José Martí Waking Dream

Love in the City

João da Cruz e Sousa lesbian


José Asunción Silva Ars

Olavo Bilac Portuguese Language

Rubén Darío Love Your Rhythm

The Wandering Song




The Optimist's Salutation

José Juan Tablada Three Haikus: Willow, Cherimoya Tree, Bug

Ideogram Latern (excerpt)

Havana Impressions

José María Eguren The Lady I

The Towers


Joaquín Torres García América Invertida

City With No Name (excerpt)

Julio Herrera y Reissig Lunatic Tertulia

Augusto dos Anjos A Philosopher's Agony

Modern Buddhism

Pedro Kilkerry It's the Silence

Mare Vitae

Delmira Agustini To Eros

The Ineffable

The Intruder

Manuel Bandeira Anthology


My Last Poem

Enriqueta Arvelo Larriva Emotion and Advantage of Proven Depth

All Morning the Wind Has Spoken

Alejandro Xul Solar "This Hades Is Fluid" (excerpt)

Gabriela Mistral Drops of Gall


A Word

The Other Woman

Oswald de Andrade Brazilwood (excerpt)

Cannibal Manifesto (excerpt)

Oliverio Girondo The Mix

My Lumy

Totem Night

You Have to Look For It

Votive Offering

César Vallejo The Black Heralds

Trilce (excerpt)

Black Stone on a White Stone

Telluric and Magnetic

I stayed on to warm up the ink in which I drown

There are days, there comes to me an exuberant, political hunger

Alfonsina Storni World of Seven Wells

An Ear

Vicente Huidobro Minuit


Canto I (excerpt)

Non Serviam

Mario de Andrade Inspiration


A Very Interesting Preface (excerpt)

Pablo de Rokha Song of the Old Male (excerpt)

María Sabina Life (excerpt)

Juan L. Ortiz Village On The River


Gamaliel Churata Khirkhilas (excerpt)

Raúl Bopp Cobra Norato (excerpt)

Luis Palés Matos Prelude in Boricua

Black Dance

Jorge Luis Borges The Golem

The Mythical Founding of Buenos Aires

Borges and I


Rosamel Del Valle Canticle IX

Magic Love

Cecilia Meireles Pyrargyrite Metal, 9



Second Rose Motif

José Gorostiza Death without End (excerpt)


Pauses I

Carlos Drummond de Andrade This Is That

Passion for Measure

In the Middle of the Way


Nicolás Guillén Sensemayá

Son Number 6

My Last Name I, a family elegy

Xavier Villaurrutia L. A. Nocturne: The Angels

Nocturne: Fear

César Moro To Wait

Trafalgar Square

Pablo Neruda Melancholy Inside Families

Walking Around

Right, comrade, it's the hour of the garden

Aurelio Arturo Climate


Omar Cáceres Mansion of Foam

Deserted Blue

The I's Illumination

Visitor Extremes

Martín Adán Aloysius Acker is coming into the world

Without Time Signature, Hurrying Ad Lib/Played Freely, etc.

José Lezama Lima Thoughts On Havana (excerpt)

Fifes, Epiphany, Goats

Death of Time

Enrique Molina The Way It Must Be


Aquatic Rite

Pablo Antonio Cuadra God Creates the Andes

The Myth of the Jaguar

Octavio Paz Sunstone (excerpt)




Joaquín Pasos Warsong of the Things (excerpt)

Nicanor Parra No President's Statue Escapes



The Individual's Soliloquy

Dumb, Sad, and Thoughtful

Goddamn the Empty Sky

Gonzalo Rojas You Shouldn't Copy Pound

Qedeshim Qedeshóth

César Dávila Andrade Bulletin and Elegy of Indian Enslavement (excerpt)

João Cabral do Melo Neto Education by Stone

Tale of an Architect

The Unconfessing Artist

A Knife All Blade

Olga Orozco Variations on Time

The Obstacle

Idea Vilariño Metamorphosis

Poor World

A Guest

I did not love you

Jaime Saenz Anniversary of a Vision (excerpt)

Juan Sánchez Peláez From the Fleeting and Permanent (excerpt)

Dark Bond

Jorge Eduardo Eielson María's First Death

Paracas Pyramid Performance, 1974

Quipu, l965

Carlos Martínez Rivas Two Murals: U. S. A. (excerpt)

Gyula Kosice Portable Madi Dictionary (excerpt)


Ernesto Cardenal Death of Thomas Merton (excerpt)

Rosario Castellanos Livid Light

Silence Around An Ancient Stone


Apolônio Alves dos Santos Antônio Conselheiro and the Canudos Rebellion

Blanca Varela I bury my hand in the sand


Final Scene

Family Secret

Currículum Vitae

Décio Pignatari hear the earth

drink coca cola

Carlos Germán Belli Tortilla

Sestina of Mea Culpa

I trust now in nothing

Francisco Madariaga Black Colá Jara

The Trivial Jungle

Leonidas Lamborghini The Displaced Applicant (excerpt)

Eva Perón at the Stake (excerpt)

amereida amereida (excerpt)

Edgardo-Antonio Vigo object-poems

Enrique Lihn The Father's Monologue with His Infant Son

Those Who Are Going To Die Can't Wait

Haroldo de Campos The Ear's Pavillion

Born and Dies

Galáxias (excerpt)

Juan Gelman CDLVI



Augusto de Campos eggtangle

Eye for an Eye

To Put On A Mask

Jaime Jaramillo Escobar The Leather Telegram

Lorenzo Ramos The Foreigners Lie About What They Want

Antonio Martínez The Words of Pa'i Antonio

Aurelio Frez Mother, here we are

Alfredo Silva Estrada Grape Harvests

The Dwellers (excerpt)

Gerardo Deniz Meditate

The authoritarian school and how a respectable literary genre was born


Romulus Augustulus


Isabel Fraire A Moment Captured by a Japanese Painter of the 18th Century Seen in a Moment of the 20th Century in a London Gallery


Housing Complex

Sergio Mondragón Exodus of the Gods (excerpt)

Susana Thénon Poem With Simultaneous Translation Spanish-Spanish

Nuptial Song

Roque Dalton No, I Wasn't Always This Ugly

The Country - Sir Thomas

Toadstools VIII

Alejandra Pizarnik Nocturnal Singer

From the Other Side

From a Copy of "Les Chants de Maldoror"


Useless Frontiers

Oscar Hahn Restriction of Nocturnal Movements

Conjurer's Tract

Vision of Hiroshima

Eugenio Montejo The World's Practice

A Bird's Earthness

Good-bye to the 20th Century

Osvaldo Lamborghini The Most Amusing Song of the Devil (a prose work half in verse, no joke) (excerpt)

José Kozer A Meeting at Cho-Fu-Sa

Kafka Reborn

Rodolfo Hinostroza Contra Natura (excerpt)

Antonio Cisneros The Dead Conquerors

Poem on Jonah and the Disalienated

Appendix to the Poem on Jonah and the Disalienated

Juan Luis Martínez Remarks Concerning the Exuberant Activity of "Phonetic Confabulation"or "The Language of Birds" in Works by Jean-Pierre Brisset, Raymond Roussel, Marcel Duchamp, and Others

Breathing House, Almost the (Author's) Little House


The New Novel: The Poet as Superman

The Structure of Political Thought

Gloria Gervitz Migrations (excerpt)

Soledad Fariña Everything Calm, Immobile

Which To Paint Which First

Not Time Yet

Where The Yellow

Paulo Leminski Catatau (excerpt)

Metamorphosis (excerpt)

María Mercedes Carranza Homeland

Heels Over Head with Life

I'm Afraid

Canto 17: Cumbal

Canto 18: Soacha

Canto 3: Dabeiba

Arturo Carrera It Wasn't in Sicily, It Wasn't Here (excerpt)

Cecilia Vicuña Physical Portrait


Quipu de Londres

Instan (excerpt)

Wilson Bueno Mar Paraguayo (excerpt)

Néstor Perlongher Tuyú

Mme. Schoklender

Daisy Zamora Radio Sandino (excerpt)

Raúl Zurita Inri (excerpt)

Desert Writing

Sky Writing

Coral Bracho Water of Jellyfish

Its dark force curving

Give me, earth, your night

Elvira Hernández The Flag of Chile (excerpt)

Reina María Rodríguez Twilight's Idol

Emeterrio Cerro Miss Murkiness (excerpt)

Jorge Santiago Perednik Shock of the Lenders (excerpt)

Humbert Ak'abal Stones








Elikura Chihuailaf I Still Want To Dream In This Valley

For I Am The Power Of The Nameless

Myriam Moscona Black Ivory (excerpt)

Josely Vianna Baptista A Sound of Ancient, Faded Flows


The Grail

Xunka' Utz'utz' Ni' Prayer So My Man Won't Have to Cross The Line

Loxa Jiménes Lopes Pexi Kola Magic

María Ernándes Kokov The Talking Box Speaks

Tonik Nibak Dance of the Perfumed Woman

Cristina Rivera-Garza Third World (excerpt)

Juan Gregorio Regino Cantares

List of Translators

Source Notes

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Vicuna, Cecilia
Oxford University Press, USA
Livon-Grosman, Ernesto
Grosman, Ernesto Livon
Vicu�a, Cecilia
Grosman, Ernesto Livon
null, Cecilia
Vicua, Cecilia
Vicu?a, Cecilia
null, Ernesto Livon
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