Chapbook: Prepoems in PostSpanish

Jorgenrique Adoum

Jorgenrique Adoum

We are excited to announce that our first publication will be Prepoems in PostSpanish, a bilingual 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. 

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
— Jorgenrique Adoum, from "Americanisms" (trans. Hedeen, Rodríguez Núñez)