July 7, 2010

Ricardo Pau-Llosa @ Cremata Gallery

Ricardo Pau-Llosa – Poems Inspired by Art & Parables

Cremata Gallery is proud to host Ricardo Pau-Llosa, one of Miami’s premier literary and cultural figures, in a reading of works inspired by different paintings and sculptures as well as poems from his new series titled Man.  The recital, which will be in English, will take place on Thursday, July 8th at 7 PM.

Pau-Llosa is the author of six books of poetry; the latest one, titled Parable Hunter, and the three that preceded it were published by the Carnegie Mellon University Press.  He is also an internationally published art critic who is considered an authority on the modern art of Latin America.  Recently featured prominently in the pages of The Writer’s Chronicle and Saw Palm, Pau-Llosa was the first Latino poet, and the first Floridian, included in the Poetry Series on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (PBS), first aired in 2008.  More information on his website:www.pau-llosa.com.

Pau-Llosa’s poems on art draw from eclectic classical and old master sources—El Greco’s View of Toledo, Titian’s Danae, Delacroix’s Sardanapalus, Bruegel’s Hunters in the Snow, Zurbarán’s Still Lifes—as well as works by modern Latin American artists such as Wilson Bigaud, Jesús Soto, and Ismael Gómez Peralta.  Pau-Llosa will use Power Point to retrace the creative process that began with the art works and culminated in the poems.

Pau-Llosa will also read works from his newest book-length series, titled simply Man. These poems intersect miracles, parables, and events narrated in the Bible with mundane scenes and occurrences which, on the surface, seem disassociated from myth and metaphysics.  The resurrection of Lazarus is reinterpreted in terms of a man who has lost a winning lotto ticket, the sacrament of penance is overlaid with post-coital ruminations on penis envy, Nicodemus and the Syro-Phoenician Woman are filtered through gruesome scenes of predation in a television nature program, and Pontius Pilate is reset in a high school chemistry class.   Poems from this series have been published or are forthcoming in Ambit, Diagram, Faultline, The Fiddlehead, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Salmagundi, Stand, and other literary magazines.

Cremata Gallery
1646 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, FL 33135
Thursday, July 8th, 7 PM.  

Free and open to the public.  Reception to follow.

Contact: Lourdes Cremata at (305) 644-3315


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