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Rules of the Game, The

by (author) Ludwig Zeller

translated by A.F. Moritz

Quattro Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2012
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The Rules of the Game reintroduces Ludwig Zeller, the great Chilean Canadian "poet's poet", through an enthralling selection of his most engaging works. These short poems span a development of almost sixty years. They are Zeller's brief songs of eroticism and love, adventure and nostalgia, youthful ardor and the sorrow of age, sorrow and undying hope. They give the reader a great poet's door into the riches of surrealism, European romanticism, and the age-old Spanish lyric tradition.The fluent translations by A. F. Moritz represent often his fourth or fifth revisiting of the Zeller versions he has been producing since 1978.

About the authors

Ludwig Zeller is prominent in both Latin American poetry and international surrealism. Before coming to Canada in 1971, he was curator of the Chilean Ministry of Education Art Gallery (1952 $#150; 1970). His poetry publications include Salvar la poesia quemar las naves (Mexico City, 1988 and 1994) and (Mexico City, 1993). Zeller has exhibited his visual art in scores of one-man and group shows throughout North America and western Europe, including at the Venice Biennale 1986). He was a featured poet at the Rotterdam International Poetry Festival (1987) and the featured poet and artist of the Guadalajara International Book Fair (1991).

Ludwig Zeller's profile page

George Fetherling has been writing and publishing for more than forty-five years. One of his most popular works is Travels by Night: A Memoir, which recreates leading personalities and events in the fabled Canadian cultural renaissance of 1965–75. His most recent books are The Sylvia Hotel Poems and the novel Walt Whitman’s Secret, both published in 2010. Fetherling is also a visual artist.

A.F. Moritz has published more than twenty collections of poetry as well as important works of literary history and numerous translations of Latin American verse. A leading figure in the literary life of Canada, he has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a major award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Two of his most recent works have reaffirmed his reputation: Night Street Repairs (2004) received the ReLit Award and The Sentinel (2008) won both the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine and the Griffin Poetry Prize. He teaches at the University of Toronto.

A.F. Moritz's profile page

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