Editorial Presentation of Danish poetry translated into Spanish

By Guillermina Fonseca

Danish poets Morten Søndergaard and Thomas Boberg will present the Spanish translations – made by Daniel Sancosmed Masiá – of their latest books of poetry, Friday, January 10, at 5pm. The books were co-published by the INBA (Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes) and Editorial Calamus, founded by the painter and cultural manager Francisco Toledo.

Søndergaard, who is one of the most prominent contemporary Danish poets, also uses language as raw material to feed his work as a sound artist and translator. Parallel to its publication, he has produced dramatized works, exhibitions and installations focused on language and sound.

The book  Un paso en la dirección correcta (A step in the right direction) by Søndergaard contains a series of meditations on walking. Divided into four main themes, each explores the act of walking from a different point of view: as a social activity, as an act of love, as a condition for thought, and as a source of inspiration for art.

Boberg , also one of the most renowned poets from Denmark, will present his book Tragadores de caballos (Horse Swallowers). Boberg has been nominated twice for the Nordic Prize and has published more than 15 books of poetry.

Raul Campoy, in the preface of the book, describes Tragadores de caballos as “a hypnotic book you cannot stop reading. It merges almost all literary genres such as short stories, novels and poetry with a constant epic axis.”  He added that the book contains “a frenetic pace, or what we might call a dirty mysticism.”

Oaxaca is the last venue of the poets’ tour, which includes readings in Guanajuato (January 9), San Miguel de Allende (January 10) and Mexico City (January 12). One day before presentation in Oaxaca, Boberg and Søndergaard will discuss their books at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, at noon.

Editorial Calamus (publishing along with INBA) was an initiative of Francisco Toledo in 2006 and it is an offshoot of Ediciones Toledo. The graphic identity of each volume has been in the care of renowned designer Bernardo Re.


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