The Craft of Poetry: A Bilingual Reading

Raúl Zurita and Anna Deeny

October 3, 2011

Event Description

Considered Chile's major poet, Raúl Zurita is direct heir to the traditions of Pablo Neruda. He writes of mutilation and loss, the traumatic experience of silence and displacement, the anguish of Chileans living under authoritarian rule. Despite the highly political charge of his poetry, Zurita never abandons his attention to experimentalism and form‐breaking style. His work situates him as one of the great innovators of poetry in Spanish.


Raúl Zurita is the author of 20 books of poetry and recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the DAAD prize, the Casa de las Americas Prize and the Chilean National Prize for Literature. His most recent books are Kurosawa Dreams (2010) and Zurita (2011).

Anna Deeny is a critic of Latin American and U.S. poetry and a Lecturer at Harvard University. She received her doctorate from UC Berkeley in '09 and has translated Zurita's Purgatorio (UC Press 2009) and his Kurosawa Dreams (in press).


Co‐sponsored with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Office of the Dean of Arts & Humanities, Center for Latin American Studies, The Townsend Center for the Humanities.