Poemas seducidos por el surrealismo / Luana Cabrera

Poems Seduced by Surrealism

Francisco Pérez Perdomo was born in Boconó, Venezuela in 1930. He graduated from the Liceo Andrés Bello secondary school in Caracas and obtained his degree in Law from the Central University of Venezuela, a career that, according to his grandson Miguel Chillida who studies Literature, bored him and eventually led him to dedicate his life completely to poetry.

El hilo equívoco de los vocablos is a book published by Monte Ávila Editores Latinoamericana that gathers in a single volume all the work the poet and writer, winner of the National Prize for Literature in 1980 and a member of the groups Sardio and El Techo de la Ballena, published between 1961 and 2008, before his death in 2013.

The editorial criteria of the book is under the care of the essayist Francisco Ardiles, who points out the relation of the work to the avant-garde movements in which the poet from the state of Trujillo was active.

Pérez Perdomo followed the path of Baudelaire, Lautréamont and Rimbaud, artists who influenced Surrealism and who postulated the need to “widen the boundaries of the field of poetic investigations toward unknown territories,” affirms Ardiles, who identifies him as a man who moved between the edges of the lugubrious hallucination of specters and the oneiric.

The author’s poems are the reflection of a writer who tried to go against all motivating elements of literary production and replace them with horror, scandal, anguish, disgust, along with all the forms taken by the sinister.

According to the poet Luis Alberto Crespo this is the result of a language with roots in the obsessions of the German romantic poets, the exalted poetry of the demonic and the mystery related to the old symbols of epic and tragedy.

De fantasmas y enfermedades (1961), El sonido de otro tiempo (1991), Y también sin espacio (1996) and Eclipse (2008) are some of the author’s most distinguished works found in this new volume.

{ Luana Cabrera, Tal Cual, 18 August 2014 }

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