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Poetry Off the Shelf: Raúl Zurita

September 27, 2011 @ 7:00 pm - 12:00 am


Raúl Zurita is one of Latin America’s most celebrated and controversial poets. After Augusto Pinochet’s 1973 US-supported military coup that ousted Salvador Allende’s democratically elected government, Zurita’s poetry sought to register the violence and atrocities committed against the Chilean people and the corruption of the Spanish language.

During the dictatorship that lasted from 1973 to 1990, Zurita published a Dantean trilogy of books (Purgatory, Anteparadise, and The New Life), wrote poems in the sky above New York City, bulldozed poems in the Chilean desert, and helped to form the art collective “Colectivo de Accion de Arte” that used performance as an act of political resistance.


September 27, 2011
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago , IL United States

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