Red Poppy is dedicated to promoting the power of Latin American poetry to not only evoke emotions, but to shift social consciousness, sparking both individual and collective change.
We just finished a multilingual anthology to be released September 15, 2020: Resistencia: Poems of Protest and Revolution. It is a book that goes to the heart of our mission as a non-profit.
Resistencia is an extraordinary collection, rooted in a strong tradition of protest poetry and expressed by icons of the movement from the beginning of the 20th Century and by some of the most exciting voices of today. Formally dexterous and emotionally wide-ranging, the poems bring feminist, queer, indigenous, urban, and ecological themes to the forefront alongside historically prominent protests against imperialism, dictatorships, and economic inequality. The poems grapple with identity, place, and belonging, resisting easy definitions to render a complex, nuanced, and multifaceted portrait of language in rebellion.
With poems from every Latin American country presented in English translation alongside their original Spanish, French, Portuguese, Mestizo, Mayan, Quechua and Mapundungun, Resistencia is a testament to the art of translation as much as the act of resistance. An all-star team of translators, including US Poet Laureate emeritus Juan Felipe Herrera along with young, emerging talent, have made many of these poems available for the first time to an English-speaking audience, broadening their reach and asking us to consider their message in the context of this historical moment. Urgent, timely, and instantly essential, Resistencia invites us all to embrace our most authentic and fearless voices. It is co-edited by Mark Eisner, author of the biography Neruda: The Poet's Calling, and by the Spanish poet and scholar, Tina Escaja.
As we move towards the publication date, please use the form below for updates on the book's contents, how you can get it, and how you can help get involved with spreading its vital chorus of perseverance and hope. For any direct questions about the anthology, please write us.
We are currently completing a documentary film on the life, poetry, and social commitment of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. It is an up-close, visually poetic portrait of the complex man behind some of the world’s most popular and enduring poems. As the best-selling novelist Julia Alvarez wrote on seeing excerpts from the film-in-progress, “This documentary will give us our Neruda, vigorously, diversely, enchantingly brought back to life.” For more information, please visit www.pablonerudafilm.com.