Raúl Zurita [Chili, 1950]
When Raúl Zurita – who may be Latin America’s most celebrated poet – read at the Poetry International Festival in 2016, there were almost no dry eyes in the room. Zurita leaves a deep impression on his readers and audience, which is why he was invited to this year’s festival too. In his work, Zurita tries to describe almost indescribable suffering – his poems are pervaded by memories of the Pinochet dictatorship (1973–1990). He not only publishes groundbreaking collections of poetry that explore his own suffering and that of his country; he also carves his work into space. A poem sky-written by an airplane over Manhattan; a poem bulldozed into the Atacama Desert – Zurita seeks to prevent us from forgetting the atrocities of the past.
Many thanks to the Embassy of the Republic of Chile in the Netherlands for their support.
READING: Saturday 15 June, 20:40 hrs - Jurriaanse Zaal