Saturday, February 12, 2011

AWP wrap-up: Raúl Zurita Bolaño

The literary highlight of AWP was definitely Raúl Zurita's reading/panel.  It was the only onsite event I attended besides the book fair.  It was amazing.  I wish someone had a recording of it because it was so awesome.  His reading was beautiful and tragic.  The really amazing part to me was the Q&A session afterward where Zurita answered the questions with aphorisms.  Here are the quotes that I feel comfortable attributing to him (there were others that I was only able to write the gist of):
"In writing, my body is occupied by other bodies.  I'm neither male or female; I am whatever the writing dictates."
"When one writes, you suspend death.  You also suspend life.  When you write, everyone is writing."
"Absolute pain dissolves the difference between man and woman."
I made the ignorant mistake of asking him about Distant Star, which is apparently an inditement of Zurita by Bolaño...  I had no idea and was super embarrassed afterward... just wanted to stab myself.

Buy his book now from Action Books.

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