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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Poetry & Atrocity

A Bilingual Reading and Conversation

Sky Below Book Cover
Photo by Anna Deeny Morales

Monday, October 24, 2016
4:30 p.m.
Devlin 101, Boston College 

With poet Raúl Zurita and translator Anna Deeny Morales

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Join the renowned Chilean writer and activist, Raúl Zurita, for an evening of poems from "Sky Below: Selected Works," and conversation regarding how poetry seeks to register and face human atrocities.


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Raul Zurita

Raúl Zurita is one of Latin America's most celebrated and controversial poets. After Augusto Pinochet's 1973 US-supported military coup that ousted Salvador Allende's democratically elected government, Zurita's poetry sought to register the violence and atrocities committed againt the Chilean people, as well as the corruption of the Spanish language. During the dictatorship (1973 to 1990), Zurita helped form the art collective, "Colectivo de Accion de Arte," using performance as an act of political resistance. From 1973 to 1990, he also published a trilogy of books titled "Purgatory,""Anteparadise," and "The New Life." Zurita was awarded the Chilean National Prize for Literature, a scholarship from Guggeheim Foundation, and he has held poetry readings at numerous American universities including: Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Berkeley. 

Anna Deeny Morales

Anna Deeny Morales is a literary critic and translator. Her translations of Raúl Zurita’s works include "Purgatory" (2009), "Dreams for Kurosawa" (2011), and "Sky Below", a volume of selected poems recently published by Northwestern University Press. Her translation of "Floating Lanterns" by Mercedes Roffé was published by Shearsman Press in 2015. Deeny’s essays and translations of poetry by Alejandra Pizarnik, Nicanor Parra, Gabriela Mistral, Amanda Berenguer, Marosa di Giorgio, Malú Urriola, among others, have appeared in "Pinholes in the Night: Essential Poems from Latin America", The Paris Review, Mandorla, BOMB and The Harvard Review. Deeny received her doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and teaches in the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University. Her book manuscript, Other Solitudes, considers transamerican dialogues on consciousness and poetry.