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NMSU to host talk on Hispanic poetry

New Mexico State University?s Center for Latin American and Border Studies will host a talk on current trends in Hispanic poetry at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave.

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New Mexico State University?s Center for Latin American and Border Studies will host a talk by Jose Kozer on current trends in Hispanic poetry Oct. 2 at the Nason House. (Photo by Carlos Blackburn)

Jose Kozer, winner of the 2013 Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, will present ?Lectura comentada de poesia neobarroca.? His talk will be in Spanish with English translation. Following the presentation, a reception will be held at 5 p.m. Additionally, Kozer will have a bilingual poetry reading and question and answer session at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the College of Health and Social Services Auditorium Room 101A.

Originally from Cuba, Kozer was a professor at Queens College from 1965-97. His discussion will focus on the two main lines of Hispanic poetry, the linear and the Neo-Baroque. Kozer will use examples of his own Neo-Baroque poems to substantiate this more dense and difficult mode of expression in poetry.

?These two modes of poetical expression are not in black and white, nor antagonistic, rather they can complement each other,? Kozer said. ?I myself practice both at the same time in a given text, moving from a more transparent and clear cut presentation of the materials to a more oblique, concentrated and heavier rhythm, tone, a folding and unfolding of the substance of the poem.

?In the first case the vocabulary tends to be more normative, in the second case the reader may have to refer to the dictionary with a certain amount of frequency,? he said.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information visit clabs.nmsu.edu.