Eduardo Chirinos (1960-2016), born in Lima, Peru, was the author of some twenty books of poetry as well as volumes of academic criticism, essays, translations, children’s books, and occasional pieces. A former professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at the University of Montana—Missoula, his most recent poetry titles include Breve historia de la música (2001, winner of the inaugural Casa de América Prize for Latin American Poetry), Escrito en Missoula (2003), No tengo ruiseñores en el dedo (2006), Catorce formas de melancolía (2008), Humo de incendios lejanos (2009), Mientras el lobo está (2010, winner of the XII Generation of ’27 Poetry Prize), Treinta y cinco lecciones de biología (y tres crónicas didácticas) (2013), and Medicinas para quebrantamientos del halcón (2014). His translation of the 2020 Nobelist in Literature Louise Glück’s The Wild Iris as El iris salvaje was published by Pre-Textos in 2006.
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A Brief History of Music & Fourteen Forms of Melancholy
trans G. J. Racz
…poetry comes like a dream that disappears with the first light of day…