The Modern in Chilean Poetry: An Interview with William Allegrezza

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William Allegrezza edits the e-zine Moria. He has previously published many poetry books, including In the Weaver’s Valley, Ladders in July, Fragile Replacements, Collective Instant, Aquinas and the Mississippi (with Garin Cycholl), Covering Over, and Densities, Apparitions; two anthologies, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century and La Alteración del Silencio: Poesía Norteamericana Reciente; seven chapbooks, including Sonoluminescence (co-written with Simone Muench) and Filament Sense (Ypolita Press); and many poetry reviews, articles, and poems.

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C. Derick Varn: What led you to co-edit an edition of modern and contemporary Chilean poetry?  

William Allegrezza:  Two things.  First, I have a long-standing interest in Chilean poetry.  It has always amazed me that a country with fewer people than a large metropolitan area like New York or Mexico City has managed to produce so many amazing poets.  Neruda, de Rokha, Parra, Mistral, Huidobro, Zurita, Urriola—the list could…

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