Buzzing Hemisphere / Rumor Hemisférico
120 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:24 Sep 2015
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Buzzing Hemisphere / Rumor Hemisférico

The University of Arizona Press
Is poetry an alternative to or an extension of a globalized language? In Buzzing Hemisphere / Rumor Hemisférico, poet Urayoán Noel maps the spaces between and across languages, cities, and bodies, creating a hemispheric poetics that is both broadly geopolitical and intimately neurological.

In this expansive collection, we hear the noise of cities such as New York, San Juan, and São Paulo abuzz with flickering bodies and the rush of vernaculars as untranslatable as the murmur in the Spanish rumor. Oscillating between baroque textuality and vernacular performance, Noel’s bilingual poems experiment with eccentric self-translation, often blurring the line between original and translation as a way to question language hierarchies and allow for translingual experiences.

A number of the poems and self-translations here were composed on a smartphone, or else de- and re-composed with a variety of smartphone apps and tools, in an effort to investigate the promise and pitfalls of digital vernaculars. Noel’s poetics of performative self-translation operates not only across languages and cultures but also across forms: from the décima and the “staircase sonnet” to the collage, the abecedarian poem, and the performance poem.

In its playful and irreverent mash-up of voices and poetic traditions from across the Americas, Buzzing Hemisphere / Rumor Hemisférico imagines an alternative to the monolingualism of the U.S. literary and political landscape, and proposes a geo-neuro-political performance attuned to damaged or marginalized forms of knowledge, perception, and identity.
Urayoán Noel is the author of In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam and several books of poetry in English and Spanish, the most recent of which is EnUncIAdOr. He has been a fellow of CantoMundo and the Ford Foundation, and he is currently the poetry editor of NACLA Report on the Americas. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Noel lives in the Bronx and is an assistant professor of English and Spanish at New York University.
Alphabet City / Ciudad Alfabeto
My Burning Hemisphere / Mi Hemisferio Ardiente
Voz Quebrada / Voice Creaks
Décimas del Otro Mundo / Otherworldly Décimas
Materia Gris / Gray Matter
Hymnispheres / Himnisferios
Solneto / Sunnet
Heaves of Storm / Embates de Tormenta
Notebook of a Return to the Native Wall Street
American . . .

Deshoraciones / Sentiences
United States / Estados Unidos
Variaciones Sobre un Paisaje de Violeta López Suria /Variations on a Landscape by Violeta López Suria
Major Tom (Coming Home)
Fake Flowers
You Have the Nice Weather
Scene Apps / Synapse
Rumoreos / Her Hemisphere in Me
The Grand Conquerors / El Gran Concurso
Signs of the Hemisphere / Letreros del Hemisferio
Acknowledgments and Notes
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