This collection of essays traces the emergence of the Western poem from the standpoint of its collision with American otherness, particularly, the Latin American tradition. Unlike works extending Western conceptions of writing or searching for an alleged American ethpoetics, this book approaches literature as a Western invention and, in turn, seeks out correspondences between traditions
ANDRES AJENS lives in Santiago, Chile. He completed his doctoral studies in Sociology under Alain Touraine at la Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris, France. He is the author of numerous books, essays, and poems and he co-edits the journal Mar con Soroche (Santiago/La Paz), and is co-founder of Lenguandina (www.lenguandina.org) with Aymara translator and linguist Zacarias Alavi Mamani. MICHELLE GIL-MONTERO holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa, USA. Her translations have appeared in Conjunctions, Circumference, Cipher, Jacket, Almost Island, and other journals, and in the forthcoming anthology 500 Years of Latin American Poetry published by Oxford University Press.