Translated from the Spanish by Ellen Jones, David McLoghlin and Mary Ellen Stitt
July 25, 2017
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Like castles of silt and shards, these poems are whimsical and sharp, held together by a smoked rhythmic force of acrobatic associations (sound senses), where ugly is disfigured as beautiful and permanence dissolves into evanescence. Winter’s poems won’t fall down, no matter how hard you read them. —Charles Bernstein
Enrique Winter (Santiago, Chile, 1982) is author of Atar las naves (winner of the Víctor Jara Arts Festival), Rascacielos (available in English as Skyscrapers), Guía de despacho (National Young Poet prize), Lengua de señas (Pablo de Rokha poetry prize; available in English as Sign Tongue, which was awarded the Goodmorning Menagerie Chapbook-in-Translation prize) and co-author of the LP Agua en polvo, collected in several languages including German and Polish. He is also author of the novel Las bolsas de basura and translator of books by Charles Bernstein and Philip Larkin. Winter holds an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU and directs the Creative Writing diploma at PUCV. He used to be an editor and an attorney.
Ellen Jones is Criticism Editor at Asymptote and a doctoral researcher at Queen Mary University of London. Her translations from Spanish into English, which include an unpublished version of Enrique Winter´s novel Trash Bags, have appeared in The Guardian, Asymptote, Palabras errantes, and Columbia Journal.
David McLoghlin’s books are Waiting for Saint Brendan and Other Poems and Santiago Sketches, both published by Salmon Poetry. Sign Tongue, his translations from Enrique Winter’s Lengua de señas won the 2015 Goodmorning Menagerie Chapbook-in-Translation prize. His work is published widely in Ireland and the USA.
Mary Ellen Stitt is a graduate student in Sociology. She holds an MA in Latin American Studies and translates poetry from Spanish and Portuguese. Her books include Skyscrapers by Enrique Winter. She lives in New Orleans.