Poetry Foundation dishonours the Chilean poet Raúl Zurita

A foundation for poetry???? NOPE! 


A dishonour to the works of the great poets it houses in its dead museum.


As Frances Kruk puts it so well. The Multi million dollar building of the Poetry Foundation is:


 an homage to the glass temples of skyscraping capitalism. All of these spaces are gated and intolerant to the disobedient, the dreamer, the dissenter, the whistle-blower. Imagination and dignity are curbed or even forbidden. Rather than taking what a person might be objecting to into serious consideration (in this case, the PF’s corporatism, its lack of principles, and its contempt for the arts it claims to be home to), external punitive measures are employed to control the “offenders”.

Raúl Zurita  was the guest of honour at the Poetry Foundation when Stephanie Dunn was assaulted by the representatives of the Poetry Foundation (Chicago) and sent to jail for honouring the work of Chilean poet Raul Zurita.


The poetry foundation should be ashamed of their actions. Zurita expressed his support of the actions of these young poets and the Poetry Foundation honours his work by attempting to jail one of his supporters????? 


What contradictions! Or not!


This in from Kent Johnson. 


A substantial article (October 4th) on the Croatoan Poetic Cell action in La Tercera, one of Chile’s leading newspapers. The article is excellent, in fact, as summary of the event.

A passage quoting Zurita, quickly translated, says the following (original Spanish passage below)
“On being asked about the action honoring CADA, Zurita confirmed, from the United States: ‘I felt a profound tenderness on witnessing these young people, because I knew it was sign of a much deeper struggle, that of poetry against the powers of a shameful order.’”


“Al ser consultado por la acción a favor del CADA, Zurita aseguró desde Estados Unidos: “Sentí una profunda ternura al ver a estos chicos, porque supe que era el signo de una lucha mucho más profunda, de la poesía contra los poderes de un orden avergonzante”.






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