New Letters to a Young Poet
70 pages, 5 x 7 3/4
ISBN: 9780974888194 Purchase
In these intimate pages, award-winning Catalan poet Joan Margarit offers a passionate defense of poetry and of the intelligible poem—the well-made text that can provide refuge, wisdom, and consolation. Inspired by Rilke's classic Letters to a Young Poet, this slender volume explores poetry as vocation, obsession, and partnership between writer and reader, a “road toward inner growth.” For Margarit, poetry promises “a clarity that allows us mysteriously to live without the need to forget.’ This is essential reading for poets young and old, writers, and readers seeking insights into the creative process and “the way both poet and reader can find their own way to face solitude.’
Joan Margarit is a Catalan poet and architect. He has won numerous awards for his previous books of poetry. Christopher Maurer is professor of Spanish at Boston University.
In Spite of the Dark Silence
Translated and with an Afterword by Olivia Maciel
140 pages, 6 x 9
ISBN: 9780974888187 Purchase
“He was named Jorge, like me, and for this his life hurts me twice.” So writes Jorge Volpi in this highly original novel that presents a biographical perspective on the tragic life of the poet and chemist Jorge Cuesta. Cuesta was one of the founders of Los Contemporáneos, an influential twentieth-century literary movement. The poetic voice of Cuesta‘s verses can be heard throughout, offering insights into the creative and destructive forces and impulses in his work that eventually led to a mental ward—and a shocking suicide at thirty-eight. The fictional “Jorge,’ as narrator, embarks on an obsessive quest to understand the life of the long-dead poet, with the distance between subject and researcher blurring as he finds himself struggling to understand his own life. It is a brave search for anyone willing to gaze into the mirror of mortality “in spite of the dark silence.’
Jorge Volpi, the author of Season of Ash, among other books, is one of the founders of the influential literary movement, The Crack. In Spite of the Dark Silence was his first novel, published when he was just twenty-four. Olivia Maciel is visiting professor in the Honors College at the University of Illinois at Chicago.