BOMB 78, Winter 2002

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The Americas Issue: Roberto Bolaño, Tunga, Los Carpinteros, Laura Restrepo, Leon Ichaso, Nancy Morejón, Bebo Valdés, Graciela Sacco, and Miguel León-Portilla.

This First Proof contains the poems “Prayer for August 21” and “The Cauldron,” translated by Mark Schafer.

This First Proof contains five poems, “Otra,” “I Learned To Bow” and “Seven,” translated by Esther Allen, with a reflection on the poet by Matilde Daviu.

Betsy Sussler introduces a series of remembrances, recollections and reflections on September 11 by discussing how New Yorkers, and Americans, have had to adjust to changes in their world.

Laura Restrepo

by Jaime Manrique

Colombian writer Laura Restrepo’s years as a journalist and political activist feed the fiction in her novels. Using imagination to fill in the blanks left by history, Restrepo constructs a mosaic of the actual and the inevitable.

Miguel León-Portilla

by Jean Meyer

Miguel León-Portilla coauthored the exquisitely translated anthology of Mesoamerican indigenous literature In the Language of Kings. Mexican scholar Jean Meyer talks with León-Portilla about the living and the dead. Translated from the Spanish by Asa Zatz.

Nancy Morejón

by Sapphire

Nancy Morejón is one of Cuba’s most preeminent poets, and the most internationally successful and widely translated woman writer of the post-revolutionary period. Her work speaks of African Cubans, of women, and of the people of her local Havana.

Craig Lucas encourages the American public to take a stand after September 11th and discourage the American government from aiding in the perpetuation of social atrocities.

Graciela Sacco

by Marguerite Feitlowitz

The Frances Dittmer Series on Contemporary Art. An artist whose work sits most comfortably in the streets, Graciela Sacco is also a professor of theoretical issues in 20th-century Latin-American art.

Los Carpinteros

by Trinie Dalton

The clever constructions of Los Carpinteros, a trio of Cuban artists who work collaboratively, have been showing up all over the place. In a serendipitous moment, writer Trinie Dalton sits down to talk with the itinerant Carpinteros.


by Simon Lane

Tunga is chance in motion, convinced that if he moves halfway to resolve the conditions he has invented for himself, the rest will materialize within the act itself.

Roberto Bolaño

by Carmen Boullosa

The late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño (1953–2003) belonged to the most select group of Latin American novelists. He speaks with Carmen Boullosa in this interview.

Bebo Valdés

by Ned Sublette

Cuban pianist, composer and arranger Bebo Valdés was at one time the orchestra leader of Havana’s Tropicana nightclub, accompanying visiting stars such as Nat King Cole and house legend Beny Moré.


by RoseLee Goldberg

RoseLee Goldberg on how street life and the desire for social connection influence Brazil’s distinctive blend of performance art, like that of Cabelo.

Gustavo Artigas

by Euridice Arriata

Euridice Arriata reflects on artist Gustavo Artigas’s extensive, politically charged events, where process reigns over finished product and the artist uses everyone from amateur actors to prostitutes as his performers.

Silvana Paternostro lives in New York City but was at her grandmother’s home in Colombia when the attacks occurred. Translated by Miguel Falquez-Certain and Joaquín Méndez-Gaztambide.

Deborah Eisenberg talks about how New York and the United States have changed as a result of the September 11th attacks, and how our next step will define our identity as a nation.

Lines taken from Ashbery, Berkson, Berrigan, Brownstein, Buddha, Burroughs, Cohen, Denby, Dorn, Gallup, Ginsberg, Koch, Mailer, Malanga, O’Hara, Ouspensky, Padgett, Sanders, Schuyler, Walden, and Yeats in a void of words the night of September 11, 2001.

Leon Ichaso

by Lynn Geller

With his film Piñero, self-taught director Leon Ichaso has found the ultimate marginal character in poet and playwright Miguel Piñero, whose brilliance and flair for self-destruction hover over downtown New York’s fabled history.

Winter 2002
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