All poems will be read in Spanish and English. Capone will lead a discussion about the inspirations behind López Colomé's poems, and respond with some of her own peotry.
Pura López Colomé
Pura López Colomé was born in Mexico City in 1952. As a student of literature at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, she contributed literary criticism, poems, and translations to the newspaper Unomásuno.She is the author of several books in Spanish. In 2007, her book Santo y seña won Mexico’s most prestigious poetry award, the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize. An English language edition, Watchword, translated by Forrest Gander, was published in 2012. Gregary Racz praised the work, saying her “bravura poetics reflects the extent to which language and experience are intimately entwined in the poet’s mind.” And Michael Palmer commented that this “poet of lyric intensity and concision attains a new level of engagement with the poetics of perception.” López Colomé has translated, into Spanish, works from Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, William Carlos Williams, Gertrude Stein, and Robert Hass. She lives in Cuernavaca, Mexico, with her husband and their children.
Francesca Capone’s Weaving Language attempts a direct translation between woven textiles and literature. A response to Capone’s instinct to be writing and weaving simultaneously, the project recognizes structural similarities between the two. Weaving Language translates from the visual to the textual by utilizing symbolism and grammatical rules. Verbs are likened to woven structure, nouns and adjectives to color, prepositions to interlocking threads and other qualities of language into respective aspects of textiles. The use of these structural principles becomes a mutually informing process for both crafts, inviting new possibilities for poems based on textiles and the inverse. Capone is an artist and designer working in textiles, visual poetry and graphics. She is based in New York City and is currently working full time as a designer for Marc by Marc Jacobs. Francesca has designed textiles and graphics for Threeasfour, Coach, M.Patmos, and she is part of the print collective Prince Ruth.