Author: Galo Ghigliotto
Translator: Daniel Borzutzky
Publisher: Co-im-press (2016)
What spirits lurk beneath the surface of Valdivia's Calle-Calle River or loiter under the arches of the Pedro de Valdivia Bridge in southern Chile? Galo Ghigliotto's Valdivia answers these questions and others by intertwining memories of disaster and tragedy—personal, political, and natural—to recreate and relive each anew in unforgettably vivid poetry.
Set in a city rich with history and mythology, Valdivia reveals a Necropastoral Chile—by evoking the threatening natural environment that bore the devastation of the most powerful earthquake on record and the state-sponsored violence of recent Chilean political history.