Join us for a poetry with Soledad Marambio, author of Chintungo: The Story of Someone Else, and Daniel Coudriet, author of Say Sand. Free & open to the public.
About Chintungo: Chintungo: The Story of Someone Else is a paradox from the outset. Over layers of history and story, "Alguien más" translates both to "someone more" and "someone else"—Chintungo is the story of a boy turned man turned father, refracted through the poems of his daughter. Soledad Marambio's second book of poetry examines the facts, photos, and unknowable gaps in memory and history, tracing one family's movement from the coast of Chile to Pinochet's Santiago. Social and political change fold into mule- drawn trains and honeymoons in Europe, barefoot boys and VHS novelties. Marambio uses her father's photographs as occasions to investigate the act of record-making and the evidence itself, knowing all the while that what is not seen is at least as vital as the images we're left with. Hints and scenes are circled with careful resolve, resulting in a timeline both intimate and collective, sensitive to the switches that make the lights turn on, the screen get fuzzy, and the heart beat.
About Say Sand: Whether considering a bus decorated by the grandmothers of former lovers, a child's view of a disembodied beard wandering hallways, or a dinner party given by a scampering herd of mice, the poems in Say Sand, Daniel Coudriet's first collection, complicate and reconfigure our emotional connections to one another by permeating them with urgent senses of mystery and authority. With sometimes humorous and often unsettling pulses of imagery, Coudriet builds a world with these poems that is both like our own and unlike anything we can imagine.