OUTSIDE TEXTS by Eleonora Requena
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Textos por fuera / Outside Texts is a collection of poems that question themselves, the Spanish language, the poetic self, and the author’s personal geographies within and beyond Venezuela and Argentina. Animating the texts in this book is the experience of exile and migration in response to a collapsing nation and its dramatic, ongoing crisis. These poems seek spaces to exist outside (and within) the everyday self and beyond the poem as a fixed creation.
“Her poetry...is the retelling of a journey, one she undertakes in obedience to a mandate....Days at home are ripped sheets of paper, that revolve around themselves, within a paralyzed atmosphere, continuously approaching us and distancing itself with no explanation. Language recounts, recounts by trade, with the need to seek and leave a record of what has been found, whether by chance or persistence.”
Eleonora Requena (Caracas, 1968) studied Letras at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and participated in the writing workshops of the Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Rómulo Gallegos in the 1990s. Her books of poetry include Sed (Eclepsidra); Mandados (La Liebre Libre), winner of the Premio de la V Bienal Latinoamericana de Poesía José Rafael Pocaterra; Es de día (El Pez Soluble); La Noche y sus agüeros (El Pez Soluble); Ética del aire (Bid & Co. Editor); and Textos por fuera (El Taller Blanco). Her work has been included in various anthologies in Venezuela and Latin America. Requena now lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Guillermo Parra (Cambridge, MA, 1970) is a poet and translator. He has published translations of the poets Juan Sánchez Peláez (Black Square Editions) and José Antonio Ramos Sucre (Noemi Press), as well as the novel The Conspiracy (Phoneme Media) by Israel Centeno. His bilingual edition of selected poems by Vicente Gerbasi is forthcoming from Black Square Editions. His poems have appeared in the magazines The Canary and Castle Grayskull. He lives in Clearwater, FL.