Carlos Cociña Translated from the Spanish by Ian U Lockaby
Design by Mutandis
Poetry Bilingual edition
Chapbook 36 pages ISBN 978-1-945720-23-9
November 9, 2021
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Nature, culture, and the imagination are hopelessly entangled, to use a key word for Carlos Cociña, in gardens. In his elegant, devastating sequence Gardens, this entanglement is considered, enacted, displayed, mined—but never disentangled; Cociña knows it is far too late for that. I loved whiling in these serpentine lines, where the concrete and abstract flow into and out of each other, “toward stadiums of the private,” suspended between the imagined and the all-too real.—Donna Stonecipher
Carlos Cociña (Concepción, Chile, 1950). His first book is Aguas Servidas (Santiago de Chile, 1980), considered one of the key works of Chilean poetry in the last four decades. In 2014, he received the Municipal Literature Prize in Poetry from the City of Santiago, Chile, for his book El margen de la propia vida, in which “Gardens” was included, and in 2017, he was awarded the Best Works Prize in Poetry by the Circle of Art Critics of Chile for his collection La Casa Devastada. He has also published titles such as Tres canciones (1992), A veces cubierto por las aguas (2003), 71 (setenta y uno) (2004), Plagio del afecto (2009), and Poesía Cero (Anthology, Santiago de Chile, 2017). Since 2003, he has maintained the website www.poesiacero.cl, where he has published some of his work, for which he has been described as one of the pioneers of digital poetry in Chile.
Ian U Lockaby is a poet and translator. His work has been published in The Canary, Anomaly, Denver Quarterly, Cutbank, Posit, and elsewhere. He completed an MFA at Louisiana State University, where he served as Editor in Chief and Translations Editor at New Delta Review. He lives in New Orleans.