Impossible Loves

Author:   Dario Jaramillo ,  Richard Gwyn
Publisher:   Carcanet Press Ltd
ISBN:  

9781784108618


Pages:   120
Publication Date:   31 October 2019
Format:   Paperback
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In his poems Dario Jaramillo relentlessly interrogates time, ecstatically celebrates life lived, and mourns its transience. This is the first substantial sampling in English of Colombia's greatest living poet, and it draws on five decades' work. Time has been Jaramillo's key theme, all the more urgently so as he grows older. Impossible and lost loves provide another theme, as do the effects of violence done to the body. Absences and disappearances are part of the mix, all underpinned by nostalgia for an idealised, rural childhood. Most of the poems lack a specific geography, though others shift between Bogota, where the poet lives, the tropical Antioquia of his childhood, and a nameless place peopled by the ghosts of dead friends. Jaramillo also takes time to interrogate the humble mango, the rubber tree, the domestic cat. Paradox lies at the core of his work: an only child, the poet's 'brothers' are often wild, chaotic characters, given to excess and self-destructive behaviour. 'I like to hallucinate in words,' he said when he won the National Poetry Award in 2017. The book includes a full afterword by the award-winning poet and writer Richard Gwyn, translator of the celebrated anthology The Other Tiger: Recent Poetry from Latin America (2016). This is a dual-language edition.

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Author:   Dario Jaramillo ,  Richard Gwyn
Publisher:   Carcanet Press Ltd
Imprint:   Carcanet Press Ltd
Dimensions:   Width: 13.50cm , Height: 1.00cm , Length: 21.60cm
ISBN:  

9781784108618


ISBN 10:   1784108618
Pages:   120
Publication Date:   31 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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`A feat of translation, but also of empathy.' - Patrick McGuinness, on 'The Other Tiger'


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Dario Jaramillo is one of Colombia's foremost poets and novelists, widely acclaimed for re-energising the love poem, and winner of his country's National Poetry Prize (2017). He is the recipient of the International Federico Garcia Lorca Prize (2018) for a lifetime contribution to Spanish literature. Richard Gwyn is the author of The Vagabond's Breakfast (Wales Book of the Year, 2012) and The Blue Tent (2019). As a translator from Spanish, his anthology The Other Tiger (2016) has introduced a new generation of Latin American poets to readers of English.

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