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Friday in Jerusalem and Other Poems


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Friday in Jerusalem and Other Poems by Marco Antonio Campos
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Marco Antonio Campos's work can be considered a response to the dialogic poetry that arose in Latin America beginning in the 1950s. The latter is characterized by radical disregard for solipsism, opposition to capitalism and neo-colonialism, opening up to popular culture, democratization of language, and formal experimentation. By contrast, in Campos's poems, like in many by his contemporaries, morality is given priority over politics, feeling over reason, plain style over experimentation. In his case, a displacement from time history and biography toward space city and home is carried out, and poetry becomes chronicle. Yet this reaction is normal, intrinsic to the evolution of Latin American poetry, self-aware and adamant in its refusal to stagnate. Accordingly, Campos's work is no less conscious of the other, no less socially participative or aesthetically restless than that of his immediate predecessors. As Roger Munier suggests, in the end, each of Campos's books debates "his relentlessly questioned identity," but in a different way that ultimately continues to be dialogic and to require an active reader.

Author Biography

Marco Antonio Campos (Mexico City, 1949) is one of Latin America's key literary voices of the past thirty years. He is a multifaceted and internationally acclaimed author. He has published more than fifty books, including novels, short stories, essays, translations, and above all, poetry. He has received prizes and honors from Mexico, Spain, Chile, and France, where he is a member of the Academie Mallarme. He is a Professor of Literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and has taught at numerous universities around the world. Friday in Jerusalem and Other Poems offers a selection from six of his books and is the first of its kind in English.
Release date NZ
May 24th, 2012
Translated by Katherine M. Hedeen Translated by Victor Rodriguez Nunez
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Salt Publishing
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