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Marco Antonio Campos

Friday in Jerusalem and Other Poems

Friday in Jerusalem and Other Poems


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Marco Antonio Campos’s work can be considered a response to the dialogic poetry that arose in Latin America beginning in the 1950s. The latter is characterized by radical disregard for solipsism, opposition to capitalism and neo-colonialism, opening up to popular culture, democratization of language, and formal experimentation. By contrast, in Campos’s poems, like in many by his contemporaries, morality is given priority over politics, feeling over reason, plain style over experimentation. In his case, a displacement from time history and biography toward space city and home is carried out, and poetry becomes chronicle. Yet this reaction is normal, intrinsic to the evolution of Latin American poetry, self-aware and adamant in its refusal to stagnate. Accordingly, Campos’s work is no less conscious of the other, no less socially participative or aesthetically restless than that of his immediate predecessors. As Roger Munier suggests, in the end, each of Campos’s books debates “his relentlessly questioned identity,” but in a different way that ultimately continues to be dialogic and to require an active reader.

Praise for this Book

‘This book shapes sharp poetic creatures where life is condensed and conveyed with intense communal light.’ —Rubén Bonifaz Nuño

‘Campos understands that the only lines that count are the ones you know by heart and that stay there.’ —Evodio Escalante

‘This poet on the move has cultivated so many roots within himself that he’s become a world in motion.’ —André Doms

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