César Moro [Alfredo Quíspez Asín] (Peru)
Moro was born as Alfredo Quíspez Asín on August 19, 1903, in Lima, Peru.
Also a visual artist, Moro co-organized with Breton the International Surrealist Exhibition of Mexico.
The poetry of César Moro has far exceeded the simple idea of a rebellion against any kind of historical tradition, social or "realistic." Every relationship-be it radical, its opposite or inner-is a continuous process and religious in the broadest sense. In the texts of the Peruvian poet, the roots are deeper still, dating back to a mythical approach to our thinking and magic (magic understood as the primal relationship between man and the universe, the dark in our times). Each poem includes constant inputs and outputs, with Moro mixing, melting, demystifying. We ae not offered transcendence, but a representation of how the contradictions are diluted and a recognition the "other" as a part of us.
BOOKS OF POETRY
La Château de grisou (1943); Lettre d'amour (1944); Trafalgar Square (1954); Amour à mort (1957); La tortuga ecuestre y others poemas: 1929-1949 (Lima, Peru: Ediciones Tigrondine, 1957); Los Anteojos deazufre (1958); La tortuga ecuestre y otros textos (1976); Obra poética (Lima: Casa de la Cultura del Perú, 1980); Viajie hacia la noche (Madrid: Huerga y Fierro Editores, 1999)
BOOKS IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION
Amour à mort (Love till death), trans. by Frances LeFevre (New York: Vanishing Rotating Triangle Press, 1973); The Scandalous Life of César Moro, In His Own Words, trans. by Philip Ward (New York: Oleander Press, 1976); selections in Ludwig Zeller, ed. The Invisible Presence: Sixteen Poets of Spanish America 1925-1995, trans. by Beatriz Zeller (Oakville, Ontario and Buffalo, New York: Mosaic Press, 1996)
For a translation of Moro's "Fire and Poetry," click below:
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