was an Argentine
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famous for his "Poesía vertical
" (Vertical poetry). He published fourteen volumes of poetry in all, numbered successively 1 to 14, under the general title "Poesía vertical
", the first appearing in 1958 and the final one posthumously in 1997. A fifteenth volume was edited by his wife, the poet and critic Laura Cerrato, and published after his death. W.S. Merwin published a bilingual selection of Juarroz' poems in 1977 (Kayak Books) which was re-issued in an enlarged edition in 1987 (North Point Press), both volumes entitled Verical Poetry. In 1992 Mary Crow published her translations of the later work as Vertical Poetry: Recent Poems (White Pine Press), which won a Colorado Book Award. All of these books are now out of print. In 2011 her translations of a selection of his final poems will appear as Vertical Poetry: Last Poems (White Pine Press).
The poetry of Juarroz is spare and sometimes cryptic, with lines such as "busco las espaldas de Dios" ("I seek the back of God").
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wrote: Each poem of Roberto Juarroz is a surprising verbal crystallisation: language reduced to a bead of light. A major poet of absolute moments.
For Julio Cortázar
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, Juarroz's poems included both the most elevated, and most profound, written in Spanish in recent years
From: El silencio que queda entre dos palabras
| El silencio que queda entre dos palabras
|| The silence that lingers between two words
| no es el mismo silencio que envuelve una cabeza cuando cae,
|| is not the same silence that surrounds a head that falls,
| ni tampoco el que estampa la presencia del árbol
|| nor that which marks the presence of a tree
| cuando se apaga el incendio vespertino del viento.
|| when the wind's evening fire at last stills.
Poems in English translation
Juarroz, Roberto. Vertical Poetry
, trans. by W.S. Merwin. Kayak Books, 1977. ISBN 0-685-67046-5. Enlarged edition, "Vertical Poetry," trans by W. S. Merwin, North Point Books, 1988 ISBN 0-86547-307-2.
Juarroz, Roberto. "Vertical Poetry: Recent Poems," trans. by Mary Crow. White Pine Press, 1992. ISBN 1-877727-08-3.
Juarroz, Roberto. "Vertical Poetry: Last Poems," trans. by Mary Crow. White Pine Press, 2011.
Individual translations of poems in many anthologies, including "The Vintage Book of World Poetry" and "The Poetry of Our World: An International Anthology of Contemporary Poetry," and literary magazines, including Salamander, Literal: Latin American Voices, Seneca Review, Hawai'i Review, and Visions International.