"Poemínimo": Misfortunes, Poet by Efraín Huerta

Juan Arabia

AY POETA

Primero
Que nada:
Me complace
Enormísimamente
Ser
Un buen
Poeta
De segunda
Del
Tercer
Mundo

MISFORTUNES, POET

First
of all:
I am very pleased
excited
to be
a good
poet
second-class 
from
the Third
World



An enemy of the mounted police, the petty bourgeoisie and its publicist poets, Efraín Huerta (1914-1982) devoted poems to Hemingway, "Che" Guevara, Roque Dalton and Javier Heraud, among many others, as well as to landscapes of Puebla and Oaxaca, avenues, streets and old bars of Mexico City. He recommended, long before Charles Bukowski, that poets should drink to infinity, "until the black night and the sour dawn." A large part of his work, however, stands outside that darkness and melancholy. These are the “poemínimos”, which may be considered homologous to the antipoetry and artifacts of Nicanor Parra.

Juan Arabia

Juan Arabia is a poet, translator and literary critic. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1983. Among his most recent titles are: Desalojo de la naturaleza (Buenos Aires Poetry, 2018), L'Océan Avare (Al Manar, Voix Vives de Méditerranée en Méditerranée, 2018), The Bund (Buenos Aires Poetry, 2020) and Hacia Carcassonne (Pre-Textos, 2021). After the publication of El Enemigo de los Thirties (2015), which received awards in France, Italy and Macedonia, Juan Arabia participated in several poetry festivals in Latin America, the United States, Europe and China. In 2018 he was invited to the poetry festival in France (Sète) Voix Vives on behalf of Argentina, as well as in 2019 he participated in the Poetry Comes to Museum LXI meeting sponsored by the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, being the second Latin American poet to be invited. .

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