Renato Rosaldo: Diego Luna's Insider Tips
Mon, February 18, 2013 • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM • Resistencia Bookstore, 1801 S. 1st Street #A
“Diego Luna’s Insider Tips”
a poetry reading by Renato Rosaldo, Anthropology, New York University
1801-A S. First Street
An internationally known cultural anthropologist, Renato Rosaldo started writing poetry in English and Spanish while recovering from a stroke in 1996. His first book of poetry, Prayer to Spider Woman/Rezo a la mujer araña (ICOCULT, Saltillo, MX), received an American Book Award (2004). His most recent collection, Diego Luna’s Insider Tips, won the Many Mountains Moving poetry book prize for 2009. Individual poems won the El Andar contest (2000) and the Many Mountains Moving contest (2005). He is currently a Professor of Cultural Anthropology at New York University and Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences Emeritus at Stanford University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The author of Culture and Truth and Ilongot Headhunting, 1883-1974, Rosaldo found “bridges” between anthropology and poetry and coined a term—“antropoeta”—to describe the way he can move back and forth between the two modes of writing.
"Renato Rosaldo's poetics were formed by Neruda and Herrera, by Lorca in Nueva York, and by his own upbringing in Tucson. There is the echoing sorrow of American racism, of illness and loss made at once rich yet stark in the diction of verse. But omnipresent is also a synergizing objectivity, a capacity to step outside of the personal brought by the poet's experience as a renowned anthropologist. This is the balanced, humane work of a mature artist, able to summon another dimension, one constructed from the raw materials of the self yet detached from it, able to make this journey from I to we." —David Moolten
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