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Today’ Throwback Thursday selection is an excerpt from Vicente Huidobro’s avant-garde classic Altazor. Considered untranslatable until the appearance of Eliot Weinberger’s celebrated version in 1988, Altazor appeared again in Wesleyan’s 2004 revised translation with an expanded introduction. In the introduction, Weinberger explains he origins of the work: “Alto, high; azor, hawk. Altazor, a poem in seven cantos, written by a Chilean living in Paris. Begun in 1919 and published in 1931, the poem spans those extraordinary optimistic years between global disasters. An age that thought itself post-apocalyptic: the war to end all wars was fought and over, and now there was a new world to create. A time when the West was, literally and figuratively, electrified; when the mass production of telephones, automobiles, movies, record players, toasters, radios, skyscrapers, airplanes, bridges, cameras, blimps, and subways, matched an aesthetic production obsessed with celebrating the new, and aesthetics that (in Margaret Bourke-White’s famous remark) found dynamos more beautiful than pearls.”

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The world enters through my eyes
Enters through my hands my feet
Enters through my mouth and goes out through my pores
As celestial insects as clouds of words
Silence the earth will give birth to a tree
My eyes in the grotto of hypnosis
Gnaw on the universe that runs through me like a tunnel
A bird shudder flutters my shoulders
A shudder of inner waves and wings
A ladder of wings and waves in my blood
The cables of my veins snap
And it leaps out from my flesh
Out through the doors of the earth
And past the startled doves

Inhabitant of your fate
Why do you want to abandon your fate?
Why do you want to break the chains of your star
And travel alone through space
Falling across your body from your heights to your depths?

I don’t want the bonds of star or wind
Moon bonds are fine for the sea and women
Give me my violins of rebellious vertigo
My freedom of escaped music
There’s no danger at the little crossroads of night
No mystery about the soul

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Interestingly, in the introduction, Weinberger notes a possible connection to Alastor (is Altazor and anagram for Alastor?), “Shelley’s long poem of ‘a youth of uncorrupted feelings and adventurous genius led forth by an imagination inflamed and purified through familiarity with all that is excellent and majestic, to the contemplation of the universe.’ Shelley’s Romantic poet-hero, first at peace with the ‘infinite and unmeasured,’ grows dissatisfied with eternity, and in the end is literally consumed, killed, by desire for the Other he has invented in his total solitude. In contrast, Huidobro’s Nietzschean anti-poet/hero abandons his Other (the beloved of Canto II) to reach satori in the pure energy of pure language.”

 

 

VICENTE HUIDOBRO (1893-1948), a politically engaged Chilean who lived mainly in Europe, was a trilingual poet, painter, war correspondent, founder of newspapers and literary magazines, Hollywood screenwriter, and candidate for president of Chile. ELIOT WEINBERGER’s recent books are Karmic Traces, 9/12 and The New Directions Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry. His edition of Jorge Luis Borges’ Selected Non-Fictions received the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.

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Hkeelee (Talk to Me), a solo performance by Lebanese American writer, actress, and teaching artist Leila Buck ’99, exploring family, memory, and politics, took place on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at CFA Hall. Images by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on flickr.

 

Hkeelee (Talk to Me)
Hkeelee (Talk to Me)
Hkeelee (Talk to Me)
Hkeelee (Talk to Me)

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The premiere of To Not Forget Crimea: Uncertain Quiet of Indigenous Crimean Tatars, by Associate Professor of Dance Katja Kolcio in response to recent political changes in Crimea, was performed on Friday, October 24, 2014, at Memorial Chapel. Images from the warmup by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on flickr.

Fall Faculty Dance Concert: To Not Forget Crimea
Fall Faculty Dance Concert: To Not Forget Crimea
Fall Faculty Dance Concert: To Not Forget Crimea
Fall Faculty Dance Concert: To Not Forget Crimea
Fall Faculty Dance Concert: To Not Forget Crimea
Fall Faculty Dance Concert: To Not Forget Crimea

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A panel discussion exploring indigenous Ukrainian perspectives of Crimea post Russian-invasion took place on Friday, October 24, 2014, at Fayerweather Beckham Hall. Images by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography.  Click here to view the full album on flickr.

Panel Discussion: To Not Forget Crimea
Panel Discussion: To Not Forget Crimea
Panel Discussion: To Not Forget Crimea
Panel Discussion: To Not Forget Crimea

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John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presented the fourth of twelve CD-length recitals of his piano music on Sunday, October 12, 2014, at Crowell Concert Hall. Images by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on flickr.

 

This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part IV
This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part IV
This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part IV
This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part IV

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Isha Leshko and Frank Noelker’s evocative “Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight” exhibition ran from September 23 through October 10, 2014, in the South Gallery of the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. The exhibition was curated by Lori Gruen, Professor of Philosophy, Environmental Studies, and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Photos from the October 9, 2014, closing reception. Images by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on flickr.

Closing Reception: Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight
Closing Reception: Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight
Closing Reception: Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight
Closing Reception: Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight
Closing Reception: Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight
Closing Reception: Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight

 

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The West End String Quartet–featuring Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Jessica Meyer on violin, and fellow Wesleyan chamber music instructors Sarah Washburn on violin, Anne Berry on cello, and John Biatowas on viola–performed works by Shostakovich and Mozart on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at The Russell House. Images by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on flickr.

The West End String Quartet
The West End String Quartet
The West End String Quartet
The West End String Quartet
The West End String Quartet
The West End String Quartet

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“A spellbinding x-ray of a writer’s psyche” (The New York Times), Sontag: Reborn explores the private life, loves, and idiosyncrasies of Susan Sontag. The Connecticut premiere of the solo show, directed by Marianne Weems and adapted by solo performer Moe Angelos based on Ms. Sontag’s early journals, was performed at the CFA Theater on Thursday, October 2 and Friday, October 3, 2014, at the CFA Theater. Photos from the October 2, 2014, dress rehearsal at the CFA Theater. Images by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on flickr.

 

The Builders Association – Sontag: Reborn
The Builders Association – Sontag: Reborn
The Builders Association – Sontag: Reborn
The Builders Association – Sontag: Reborn

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Eli Clifton, co-author of the Center for American Progress’ groundbreaking report Fear, Inc., described the investigative tools he used to help reveal the nexus of politicians, professional Islamophobes, and big money special interests who have fueled the spike in Islamophobia in the United States in “Big Data Investigative Journalism: How Public Documents and the Internet Helped Map the Islamophobia Industry.” The discussion was held on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at the Public Affairs Center. Images by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on flickr.

Big Data Investigative Journalism
Big Data Investigative Journalism
Big Data Investigative Journalism
Big Data Investigative Journalism

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Acclaimed dancer Malavika Sarukkai presented the New England premiere of Rasamanjari, a celebration of the classical dance language of India, as the conclusion of the 38th annual Navaratri Festival. Photos from the Sunday, September 28, 2014, performance at Crowell Concert Hall. Images by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on flickr.

Malavika Sarukkai: Rasamanjari
Malavika Sarukkai: Rasamanjari
Malavika Sarukkai: Rasamanjari
Malavika Sarukkai: Rasamanjari
Malavika Sarukkai: Rasamanjari
Malavika Sarukkai: Rasamanjari

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