By Sotero Rivera Avilés, translated from Spanish by Raquel Salas RiveraDecember 2022
The Rust of History presents the selected poems of Puerto Rican writer Sotero Rivera Avilés (1933–1994), translated from Spanish by the poet’s grandson, the writer Raquel Salas Rivera. Lyrical, close, and resistant to the ease of closure, these poems cut across time to create a potent poetry of place. Rooted and exploratory, bound to anti-imperialism, the poems unfold and keep unfolding how to the live for and against home.
By Lao Yang, translated from Chinese by Joshua Edwards and Lynn XuMarch 2022
Chinese writer Lao Yang’s Pee Poems go deep and dark—with deceptive lightness—into the metaphysical and the social, offering insight and humor along the way. Pee Poems is comprised of meditations, fragments, lyrics, and aphorisms, in dialogue with Chan hermit poets and Zen tricksters, with radical grassroots activism, experimental music, and Dada. Yang regards the body’s most basic functions and desires as philosophical problems, restoring garbage and bladder-control to the field of politics, inhabiting both epochal and local time. In Pee Poems vocabulary fights itself, while impossible opposites are lovingly conjoined.
By Severo Sarduy, translated from Spanish by David FrancisFebruary 2021
Cuban writer Severo Sarduy was one of the most groundbreaking Latin American writers of the twentieth century. This is the first collection of his poetry to appear in English translation and represents poems from throughout Sarduy’s life, following the thrilling trajectory of a great thinker. David Francis translated the poems from Spanish into an acrobatic English. The title, Footwork, “recognizes how Sarduy’s poems deliver devastating wit, which lands on its prototypical feet or adroitly maneuvers, purposefully, around naming objects, people, or body parts and toward unexpected endings,” writes Francis. This collection makes it clear why Gabriel García Márquez once called Sarduy the best writer in the Spanish language.
By Kulleh Grasi, translated from Malay by Pauline FanOctober 2019
Kulleh Grasi’s poems capture the excited intimacy exploring one’s own beloved country with depth and vision. Grasi leaps between languages, registers, and landscapes to create a multi-dimensional book, and Pauline Fan, in her translations, leaps with him into a detailed, rich English, while finding innovative ways to provide context to a place so rarely read about in English.
By Lupe Gómez, translated from Galician by Erín MoureMarch 2019
In Camouflage, Lupe Gómez renders her mother and her mother tongue, her land and its changes with tender, sharp insight, and Erín Moure brings into English this native language of Galicia in Spain so vividly that we can feel the original breathing beneath the surface.