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International Yearbook of Futurism Studies...

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International Yearbook of Futurism Studies

Ed. by Berghaus, Günter

e-ISSN 2192-029X

Volume 7


Ed. by Aguirre, Mariana / Sarabia, Rosa / Silverman, Renée M. / Vasconcelos, Ricardo

In coop. with Berghaus, Günter / Lee, Sze Wah

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April 2017
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Vicente Huidobro and William Carlos Williams: Hemispheric Connections, or How to Create Things with Words

Sánchez-Pardo, Esther


Vicente Huidobro was the first Latin American poet to fully incorporate European vanguardism into his writing. He founded ‘Creationism’ (creacionismo), a poetic movement with strong ties to French Cubism and Spanish Ultraism (ultraísmo). He referred to himself as an anti-poet in Altazor (1931), and in his “Arte poetica” (1916) declared the poet to be a small God who may create, in his imagination, his own universe independent of the given universe that surrounds us. William Carlos Williams was a physician and pediatrician, and became a major poet for his own generation as well as those to come. His long and influential trajectory bears witness to his contact with avant-garde writers and artists, and his endless capacity for experimentation. This essay explores the work of Huidobro and Williams as ‘dissenters’ from the genealogies of both northern and southern hemispheric American Modernisms, by reacting against Rubén Darío, on the one, and T.S. Eliot, on the other hand. From Williams’s well-known dictum, “no ideas but in things”, and Huidobro’s “Why do you sing the rose, O poets? / Make it flower in the poem. / Only for you / Do all things live under the Sun”, I suggest in this essay the singularities of their poetic projects as alternatives to the logic of modernity. The focus will be on Huidobro’s manifestos, his miscellany Pasando y pasando (1914) and his 1914 lecture “Non serviam”, and Williams’s Spring and All (1923), Collected Poems (1934) and Paterson (1946).

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Esther Sánchez-Pardo (2017). Vicente Huidobro and William Carlos Williams: Hemispheric Connections, or How to Create Things with Words. In Mariana Aguirre, Rosa Sarabia, Renée M. Silverman, Ricardo Vasconcelos (Eds.), 2017 (pp. 182–205). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110527834-010

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110527834

Online ISBN: 9783110527834

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