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The Fox & The Moon – Jose Antonio Mazzotti
May 10, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Join us Thursday, May 10 for a bilingual evening with poet Jose Antonio Mazzotti, presented by Magalí Rabasa (Lewis & Clark College), Craig Epplin (Portland State University) and Efraín Díaz-Horna (Axiara Editions).
The Fox and the Moon is a selection from the original El Zorro y la Luna, a compilation that included nearly all of José Antonio Mazzotti’s poetry in Spanish. This new, bilingual selection of poems includes about 30% of an oeuvre originally published in Peru, Mexico, and the United States between 1981 and 2016. This volume is a testament to thirty-five years of an ongoing passion for poetry, a voice that finally makes its appearance in a version designed with an English-speaking public in mind.
Mazzotti’s poetry is multi-faceted and nuanced. Its style, in many ways, signals the evolution of Spanish American poetry from 1980s conversationalism to the neo-Baroque of the twen-ty-first century. Its sources of inspiration are likewise multiple, as suggested by the very title of the book, which refers to a Quechua legend of a fox who falls in love with the moon, howling every night to get her attention. In the end, the moon is moved and sends a beam of light to earth for the fox to climb up upon and be with her. Driven by uncontrollable desire, the fox is unable to come to a full stop on time and crashes into the moon’s face, thus creating the lunar spots. The allegory speaks to the relationship between the poet and poetry: between passion and immolation.
José Antonio Mazzotti was born in Peru in 1961 and moved to the United States in 1988. He currently holds the King Felipe VI of Spain Professorship in Spanish Culture and Civilization at Tufts University in Boston. In 2018 he was awarded the prestigious José Lezama Lima Poetry Prize, from the Casa de las Américas in Cuba, for his El Zorro y la Luna (Salem and New York: Axiara Editions and Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española, 2016).