City: Bolshevik Super-Poem in 5 Cantos
City: Bolshevik Super-Poem in 5 Cantos

Manuel Maples Arce

translated by Brandon Holmquest

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About the Author

Manuel Maples Arce
Manuel Maples Arce was born in 1898, and studied law in Mexico City. He was a judge and later Secretary General of the Government in the city of Xalapa, state of Veracruz, under the controversial revolutionary General Jara. During this same period he became the central figure in the Stridentist Movement, a very ambitious avant-garde group that flourished under General Jara's protection. Composed of a small group of poets and visual artists (especially engravers and printmakers), Stridentism bore resemblence to both Futurism and Dada, as well as many similar groups throughout Latin America, but was much more radical, politically, and came much closer to the realization of many of their goals, since they effectively were the government in Xalapa for a brief period in the 1920's. General Jara was eventually deposed and murdered and the group dispersed. Maples Arce went on to become a diplomat, serving as the Mexican ambassador first to France, then Canada. He continued writing poetry as well as essays and criticism. His collected poems was published in Mexico in 1971. Maples Arce died in 1981. 

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Brandon Holmquest, Translator

Brandon Holmquest co-founded and edits the translation journal Calque with Steve Dolph. After five print issues Calque is currently operating online with future chapbook editions forthcoming. He has translated the works Francisco de Quevedo, Ruben Darío, Nicanor Parra, various members of the Infrarrealist Movement and the Stridentist Movement, most of which have appeared in Calque. His primary interest as a translator is in the numerous and highly varied avant-garde writing of Latin America circa 1950 to the present, most of which is woefully unknown in the United States. A book of original Holmquest’s poems is forthcoming in the Fall 2009 from Kristin Gallagher and Chris Alexander's new Truck Press.