We are excited to announce that our first publication will be Prepoems in PostSpanish, a bilingual letterpress chapbook of poems by Ecuadorian poet Jorgenrique Adoum, co-translated by Katherine Hedeen and Víctor Rodríguez Núñez.
Recognized as a profoundly influential Ecuadorian intellectual of the twentieth century, Jorgenrique Adoum (1926-2009) was a poet, novelist, essayist and playwright. He published fourteen books of poetry during his lifetime and was showered in superlatives by Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (who dubbed him the "best poet of his generation in Latin America"). Despite such accolades, his work is absolutely unknown in the English-speaking world.
From the poem "Americanisms":
"the mystery work unwritten / and we’d wake up to forceps or tugs / with a terrible katzenjammer always / call it perseguidora guayabo cruda / goma ratón chuchaque cuerpomalo / according to the country where they’ve underdeveloped us so long / (in the others gueule de bois or hangover) / call it life just to be clear"