Malanga Chasing Vallejo: Selected Poems: César Vallejo
New Translations and Notes by Gerard Malanga
“Gerard Malanga is an artist who never apologizes, never explains, and he finds kinship in Vallejo, who died in his late forties several years before Malanga was born. Yet on the evidence of these translations the two are virtually interchangeable. Malanga chasing Vallejo, or maybe Vallejo chasing Malanga, and the next thing we know they’re, both of them, airborne.” –Aram Saroyan, Complete Minimal Poems
In the forceful, staggering poetry of César Vallejo, poet/photographer Gerard Malanga discovered a kindred spirit. Driven by a deep sense of spiritual kinship and with the encouragement of Vallejo’s widow, Malanga’s translations reveal a profound perspective on Vallejo’s work that brings into focus the brutal desperation behind his genius. Malanga Chasing Vallejo gathers 82 of Vallejo’s poems in a bilingual edition that is marked by the spiritual connection between poet and translator. A work of the heart, Malanga presents the work from the position of a fellow member of the underclass, providing a street-level entry point for readers who can relate to the hunger feeding every verse, and the ache of loneliness that no amount of modern technology can obscure. In addition to the poems, Malanga’s heartfelt introduction, describing the process of his 45-year commitment to this project. The book also includes a poem about Vallejo by Malanga, rare photos of Vallejo, and transcriptions of several never-before-published letters to Malanga from Vallejo’s widow, Georgette de Vallejo, which guided his translation efforts.
Malanga Chasing Vallejo: Selected poems of César Vallejo; New Translations and Notes by Gerard Malanga
ISBN: 978-0-9895125-7-2 Trade Paperback; ISBN: 978-1-9411101-0-2 ebook
244 pages; $16.95
Publication date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Praise for Malanga Chasing Vallejo
“Malanga lives and breathes in what he sees in Vallejo –a fellow agent for a better world.” —Djelloul Marbrook, Far From Algiers
“Gerard Malanga is an artist who never apologizes, never explains, and he finds kinship in Vallejo, who died in his late forties several years before Malanga was born. Yet on the evidence of these translations the two are virtually interchangeable. This in turn gives the young poet—in his twenties when he did this work—the courage of his convictions, the essential room to breathe. Malanga chasing Vallejo, or maybe Vallejo chasing Malanga, and the next thing we know they’re, both of them, airborne.” —Aram Saroyan, Complete Minimal Poems
Praise for Gerard Malanga
“Now and again a poet is found who is a complex of so many capabilities and patterns, all relating but none so isolating in its practice that the one is lost to the other. I have marvelled for years at Gerard Malanga’s articulate endurance as a poet—and also as a photographer of singular power. He has moved with deftness and great authority in the various worlds of art and pop, and never lost his wits or his footing. In short, he reminds me as do few others of what poets might be in a common world if only they could or would.” —Robert Creeley, Chancellor, The Academy of American Poets, 1999-2005
“Malanga is among the elite editors . . . who have long dazzled and propelled the New York avant grade.” —Fred McDarrah, photographer/author
“Malanga has that great essential virtue of the photographer: humility before the complex splendor of the real thing… Malanga is the photo-historian of this culture.” —Ben Maddow, screenwriter/photo historian
“Malanga’s a POET to contend with . . . because of his total commitment to POETRY. He makes no compromises. And for this reason he is unique . . . He’s got VISION.” —Charles Olson, poet
About César Vallejo
César Abraham Vallejo Mendoza was a Peruvian poet, writer, playwright, and journalist. Although he published only three books of poetry during his lifetime, he is considered one of the great poetic innovators of the 20th century in any language. Thomas Merton called him “the greatest universal poet since Dante”. Always a step ahead of literary currents, each of his books was distinct from the others, and, in its own sense, revolutionary. Clayton Eshleman and José Rubia Barcia’s translation of The Complete Posthumous Poetry of César Vallejo won the National Book Award for translation in 1979. The late British poet, critic and biographer Martin Seymour-Smith, a leading authority on world literature, called Vallejo “…the greatest twentieth-century poet in any language.”
About Gerard Malanga
Gerard Malanga is an acclaimed as a poet, photographer, and filmmaker. He was born in the Bronx in 1943. He is the author of a dozen poetry collections, the most recent being No Respect: New & Selected Poems, the four-volume fanzine set: AM: Archives Malanga, and Tomboy & Other Tales. His photography books include Resistance to Memory and Screen Tests Portraits Nudes. He was a founding editor of Interview magazine, alongside Andy Warhol. Malanga lives in upstate New York.
More information is available on his website www.gerardmalanga.com.