Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 7:00pm
Join us on Tuesday, May 14 at 7pm for an Asymptote co-sponsored reading by Arturo Mantecon, translator of the Spanish poete maudit and dissident Leopoldo Maria Panero. Panero, one of Spain's greatest living poets, has been compared to Antonin Artaud and his work has been hailed as being as important as that of Garcia Lorca and Aleixandre. He currently lives in a mental hospital in the Canary Islands, which he entered voluntarily 38 years ago.
Like an Eye in the Hand of a Beggar (Editions Michel Eyquem, 2013) is the first comprehensive introduction to Panero's work in English.
Mr. Mantecon will be joined by translator and poet Dennis Dybeck (aka Art Beck), whose translation of Luxorius' Opera Omnia, a Duet for Sitar and Trombone is a finalist for this year's Northern California Book Award.
"I am in awe of Leopoldo María Panero. Not since Isadore Ducasse has the Hispanic world delivered such a haunted portrait of hell, in such refined, articulate style. Panero is now in my gallery of decipherers of the unknown. He is proof that real poets might come from a specific place but ultimately have no country; they belong to language itself and Panero's language is sheer revelation."—Ilan Stavans