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Latin American Concrete Poetry and Artists' Books: Case 1

An exhibit featuring a selection of Latin American concrete poetry and artists' books from the Special Collections Department

Poem from the Case

Concrete Poem by Leonardo Katz

From Libro Quemado = Burnt Book by Leonardo Katz

Reading by Washington Cucurto

The Case

Photo of Case 1

About the Content

The first case features the works of poets and artists from Argentina.  Included are poems from the early development of the genre to contemporary works of concrete poetry.  Throughout this history, many influential works have come from Argentinean poets.  One such poet is Washington Cucurto, whose work Cucurietas Mágicas is included in the case.  Washington Cucurto, the pseudonym for Santiago Vega, is the creator of realismo atolondrado, or “scatterbrained realism.”  His works often deal with hot topic issues like race and sexuality, themes that show up repeatedly in the concrete poetry genre.


Included Works