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The Art of Keeping Quiet

Poems 1952-2011


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The Art of Keeping Quiet by Rodolfo Alonso

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The Art of Keeping Quiet is the first anthology in English translation by Rodolfo Alonso, one of today's most renowned Argentine poets. As early as 1956, Raul Gustavo Aguirre noted in Alonso "a surprising verbal command, where the conquests of modern poetry meld into the terrain of language, while still respecting the structure and spirit of quotidian expression." Fifty years later, Juan Gelman praised "this crystalline voice that has celebrated existence, giving its expression an essential structure like an expanding spiral. Beauty turns these poems into music; they're engraved with a formal, imaginative, and conceptual rigor that is exceptional." Alonso's poetry is, in short, a radical questioning of solipsism, an exemplary search for the other. A poetry aware of itself, its reaches and limits, always seeking to be reinvented. A poetry that serenely unites aesthetic commitment and the social vanguard.

Author Biography

Rodolfo Alonso (Buenos Aires, 1934) was the youngest editor of the legendary Argentine journal, Poesia Buenos Aires. From his first collection To Health or Nothing (1952) to his latest Pending Poems (2011), his work spans sixteen volumes of poetry, in addition to books of essays and fiction. He is a prolific translator of poetry into Spanish (Apollinaire, Baudelaire, Eluard, Montale, Pavese, Pessoa, Prevert, Pasolini, Ungaretti, and many others). He has also written screenplays and texts for short films, many of them prize-winning. He was the director of his own publishing house, which brought out more than two hundred fifty titles. Between 1986 and 1989 he was the Director of Argentina's National Funds for the Arts. Anthologies of his poetry have come out in Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Spain, and Venezuela, and have been translated into French, Galician, Italian, and Portuguese. In 1997 he received Argentina's National Poetry Prize.
Release date NZ
October 15th, 2015
Translated by Katherine M. Hedeen Translated by Victor Rodriguez Nunez
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Salt Publishing
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