Figures & Figurations

Octavio Paz (Author) Marie José Paz (Author)
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Figures & Figurations, one of the last works completed by the great late Mexican poet Octavio Paz before his death in 1998, is a stunning collaborative project with his wife, the acclaimed artist Marie Jos Paz. In response to ten of her collage-constructions, he wrote ten new short poems; she in turn created two new artworks in response to two of his earlier poems. In addition to the gorgeous full-color art, this bilingual edition features Eliot Weinberger's excellent translations, as well as an essay by Octavio Paz on Marie Jos Paz's work, "The Whitecaps of Time," in which he relates how her friendship with Joseph Cornell became a stimulus for her assemblages and how she was further spurred on by other friends, such as the linguist Roman Jakobson and Elizabeth Bishop. "These objects sometimes surprise us," he writes, "and sometimes make us dream or laugh (humor is one of the poles of her work). Signs that invite us on a motionless voyage of fantasy, bridges to the indefinitely small or galactic distances, windows that open on a nowhere. Marie Jos 's art is a dialog between here and there." An illuminating afterword by the eminent French poet Yves Bonnefoy completes this edition.

Product Details

New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
August 01, 2008
4.96 X 0.34 X 8.22 inches | 0.42 pounds

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About the Author

Octavio Paz was a Mexican writer, poet and diplomat. He won the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is considered one of the most influential writers and poets of the 20th Century. A prolific author and poet, Paz published scores of works during his lifetime. His later poetry dealt with love and eroticism, the nature of time, and Buddhism. He also wrote poetry about his other passion, modern painting, dedicating poems to the work of Marcel Duchamp, Antoni Tapies, Robert Rauschenberg, Joan Miro, and Roberto Matta. As an essayist, Octavio Paz wrote on topics including politics, economics, anthropology, and sexuality. Melinda Camber Porter In Conversation With Octavio Paz was in 1983 at the time of the English publication of Marcel Duchamp by Octavio Paz. They also discussed the differences and state of Mexican, North American and European culture and politics.
Marie José Paz began working as an artist in 1972, encouraged by artists like Joseph Cornell, Mark Strand and Robert Gardner. She was Octavio Paz's loving companion for more than thirty years.
Eliot Weinberger is an essayist, editor, and translator. He lives in New York City.