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American readers might recognize Mario Santiago Papasquiaro as the eccentric and renegade Ulises Lima in Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives. This canonical, book-length poem of Infrarealism was Santiago Papasquiaro’s response to the Beats and chronicle of his own literary circle. Full of politics and gossip, this poem brings to life Mexico in the 1970s.
Santiago’s distress, derangement, and rages extend from a deep faith in poetry and its ability to both inscribe and incite new perceptions...
Zach Savich, The Kenyon Review
Best known as the inspiration for the irascible Ulises Lima in Roberto Bolaño’s famed novel The Savage Detectives, Santiago Papasquiaro is a formidable poet in his own right. His lyricism borders on the profane, with its bawdy metaphors and extensive use of vernacular imagery, often favoring an “ugly,” highly visceral beauty over the prim imagery found in more formal work.
Papasquiaro’s poem, like much of Bolaño’s fiction, is a kind of nightmare spent in the company of one’s best friends: “the 1 who dreams of revolutions that stay too long in the Caribbean / the 1 who’d like to rip out the eyes of the billboard heroes / to expose the hollowness of the farce / the girl with the feline & filmic green eyes / even if on getting closer they turn out to be blue.”
Robyn Creswell, The Paris Review
The poem is built like a roadside grotto—crystals, fossils, dinner plates, bottle caps—the materials are secondary to the construction, to the act of constructing, and oh, what a construction this is. BJ Love, The Quarterly Conversation
Insolent, ecstatic, perverse, enthusiastic; Santiago’s poem is a beacon for the pursuit of life via poetry.
Patrick Dunagan, New Pages
Mario Santiago Papasquiaro was born José Alfredo Zendejas Pineda (Mexico City, 1953). In 1975, he and Roberto Bolaño founded the radical Infrarealist poetry movement. During his lifetime, Santiago published two books of poetry, Beso eterno (1995) and Aullido de Cisne (1996). Santiago died in Mexico City in 1998.
Cole Heinowitz is the author of three books of poetry, Daily Chimera (Incommunicado Press, 1995), Stunning in Muscle Hospital (Detour Press, 2002), and The Rubicon (The Rest Press, 2008). Her poetry has appeared in journals including Fence, HOW2, The Brooklyn Rail, The Poker, Factorial!, 6X6, Highway Robbery, Mirage 4 Period(ical), and Clock. Heinowitz is also the author of the critical study, Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826: Rewriting Conquest (Edinburgh University Press, 2010). Other critical writings have appeared in the journals European Romantic Review and Revista Hispánica Moderna, and in the collectionsRomanticism and the Anglo-Hispanic Imaginary (Rodopi Press) and “Sullen Fires Across the Atlantic:” Essays in British and American Romanticism (Romantic Circles Praxis Series). Heinowitz received a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Brown University. In 2000-1, she was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant for dissertation research in Seville, Spain. Heinowitz lives in Boiceville, NY and is Associate Professor of Literature at Bard College.
Alexis Graman was born in Helena, Montana. He completed undergraduate degrees in American Studies and Studio Arts at Bard College in 2012. He now lives in Queens, New York, where he paints, writes, and translates.
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