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edited and translated by kirk nesset Poetry
introduction by kirk nesset and Wilfredo hernández
a welcome bilingual anthology of a much-honored venezuelan poet
Eugenio Montejo was one of the most significant Latin American poets and essayists of the past
half century. Montejo (who died in 2008) was awarded both the National Prize for Literature in
his native Venezuela and the prestigious Octavio Paz International Poetry and Essay Prize. This
long-overdue volume offers selections from all ten of Montejo’s books of poetry, as well as a
handful of exemplary prose works. All of the selections are presented here in the original Spanish,
with translations in English by Kirk Nesset, a prize-winning American writer and poet.
Alphabet of the World reveals Montejo’s themes and stylistic range as it charts his formal and
emotional trajectory. The poems offer meditations on the subject of time, on the immutability of
spirit, on eros and birth, and on the role of language in all things human. The book also includes
excerpts from Montejo’s Notebook of Blas Coll and Guitar of the Horizon, and three complete
essays selected specifically for the insight and depth they lend to his work in both genres.
The book’s introduction situates and appraises Montejo’s achievement, exploring the corpus
comprehensively for the first time in English. Alphabet of the World marks Montejo’s U.S.
debut, a major stride toward winning him the English-speaking recognition he deserves.
Volume 8 in the Chicana and Chicano Visions of the Américas Series
kirk nesset is author of two collections of short stories, Mr. Agreeable and Paradise Road, and The Stories of Raymond Carver, a
nonfiction study. A recipient of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts,
he is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania. wilfredo hernández, a native Venezuelan,
is Associate Professor of Spanish at Allegheny College, and author of numerous articles on modern Latin American literature, cinema, and
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