“Poetry Homework”: Pedagogy, Memory, and Politics in the Visual Poetry of Juan Luis Martínez
My article “Poetry Homework”–about the great Chilean poet Juan Luis Martínez–was just published in the recent issue of A Contracorriente: A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America. This is the opening paragraph:
Memoria Chilena, the digital archive run by Chile’s Department of Libraries, Archives, and Museums, calls the neo-vanguard book artist and visual poet Juan Luis Martínez “el secreto mejor guardado de la poesía chilena” [the best-kept secret of Chilean poetry]. Martínez’s obscurity, no doubt, stems from a combination of overlapping reasons—from his geographical positioning to his uncompromising hermeticism to the material scarcity and limited circulation of his book-objects. Thus, recovering the secret of his poetry—a secret which Martínez himself took pains to encrypt—requires a combination of labors that are archival, historicist, intertextual, translational, and hermeneutic.