United Left (Paperback)

United Left By Álvaro Lasso, Kelsi Vanada (Translator) Cover Image

United Left (Paperback)

By Álvaro Lasso, Kelsi Vanada (Translator)


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An "ironic, intimate, and sometimes psychedelic book" entwining the political history of the 1980s in Peru with the poet's autobiography.

English debut by Azerbaijani-born Peruvian poet lvaro Lasso. Marked by dark, absurdist humor, these "pop" prose poems capture snippets from the poet's youth and publishing career while grappling with revolution, idealism, and the disintegration of the Leftist coalition Izquierda Unida in 1980s Peru.

"The genre-defying pieces of Peruvian poet and publisher Alvaro Lasso's UNITED LEFT are thick, nimble surrealist missives, warm with nostalgia for a leftist utopia that never was. They take on a new life in English; Kelsi Vanada's translations are popping with movement and precision."--Katherine M. Hedeen, translator of Prepoems in Postspanish

"Lasso's poems cut through the glamor and charm of belonging and belief with prose so spare neither author nor reader have anywhere to hide. Kelsi Vanada expertly renders this clarity into an English that knows exactly when to get out of the way so each prose poem can realize itself as a tiny piece of real estate, leaving the reader pitched vertiginously at the edge of our investments in ideology and with nowhere left to run."--Farid Matuk, author of The Real Horse: Poems

"In lvaro Lasso's UNITED LEFT, humor, absurdity, the political, and the personal echo into each other and then feedback, a parallel for the coming together and then disintegration of innocence and ideology."--Gabriel Dozal, author of The Border Simulator

"When it comes to decapitations, I have only one thing to say: it's tough to learn to perfect a smile for the executioner." Like the best of Tomaz Salamun, these crackling, unruly prose poems by lvaro Lasso confront our difficult human reality with a sometimes-bloodied and always absurd humor, laughing down the barrel of a gun. In Kelsi Vanada's deeply empathic, mesmerizing translation, UNITED LEFT doesn't simply sing but does something far more athletic and daring: these poems cartwheel and waltz on the page, they sweat joy, they cackle and conspire and run with knives in their teeth. What a rare gift to be able to spend time in their company."--Becka Mara McKay, author of The Little Book of No Consolation

Poetry. Latinx Studies.

Product Details ISBN: 9798986353944
Publisher: Eulalia Books
Publication Date: January 31st, 2024
Pages: 88
Language: English