Which Book Should We Read from Chile?

Did you know that Chile is affectionately known as país de poetas (country of poets)?

Since this month is National Poetry Month, I thought to include some alluring Chilean poetry here in this post. However, the piece which struck me the most wasn’t a work of beauty, but this scathing snippet which one Chilean poet dedicated to another poet in their ongoing public fight. I’m sure my take on this would be different if I were living in Chile during the 1960s, but it strikes me as absolutely hilarious now:

Senile hypocrite and robber
of dirty monkey poetry,
your belly is bloated with money.
— "Tercetos Dantescos” by Pablo de Rokha

I’m also astounded to see poets publicly fighting by flinging poetry at one another! Aren’t you?

Now onto the vote.


You can vote from now until Sun., April 21 11PM ET. (That's NYC time. See this converted to your local time below.)

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To participate:

1. Review the books.

2. Then, click here to vote.

We'll publish the anonymous results afterwards so you can get the book in advance.