"Sobre las aguas blancas de la desaparición"
This month, I've posted my English versions of a sequence of 11 poems by Elizabeth Schön at my Antología blog. It's entitled "Sobre las aguas blancas de la desaparición" and is taken from her book Del río hondo aquí (Caracas: Editorial Diosa Blanca, 2000).
Schön was born in Caracas in 1921, where she continues to live and write. She studied Philosophy at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and was awarded the Premio Nacional de Literatura in 1994. In the summer of 2003 the Casa de la Poesía Pérez Bonalde in Caracas dedicated its tenth edition of the Semana de la Poesía to her work. This week-long series of readings, conferences and discussions included contributions from Schön herself, Rafael Cadenas, Octavio Armand, Yolanda Pantin, Armando Rojas Guardia, Rafael Arráiz Lucca, Ana Teresa Torres, Leonardo Padrón, María Antonieta Flores, Tulio Hernández, William Niño Araque, Blanca Elena Pantin and Beverly Pérez Rego, among others.
Schön is a poet, playwright and essayist, as well as the founder and editor of Editorial Diosa Blanca.
Excerpts from Del río hondo aquí published in El Universal's literary supplement, Verbigracia.
An interview with Schön by María Antonieta Flores.
"Una poética pensante," an essay by Yolanda Pantin.
(Thanks to my friend Yelimar Becerra for loaning me her inscribed copy of Del río hondo aquí.)