Project Description

Eduardo Embry

Eduardo Embry

Chilean writer (b. Valparaíso). Resident in the UK, and Hartley Research Fellow, carrying out research on censorship of poetry during the dictatorship of General Franco. Also is independent Honorary Research Fellow in Latin American poetry in the Spanish Department, University of Southampton. Has published several collections of poetry both in his own country and abroad. Has published “Poeta en Valparaíso”, in the anthology Premios Casa de las Américas, La Habana Cuba; he also published his poems in journals in Spain, Chile and the UK, notably the Revista Urogallo, Revista Atlántica (Diputación de Cádiz), London Magazine, a selection chosen by the British poet & editor Alan Ross, and the review Index on Censorship (London & New York). Monte Avila Editores, Caracas, has published an important anthology of his poetry, edited by Professor Eduardo Gasca, “Manuscritos que con el agua se borran” (2009), and a selection of his poetry was published (2010) by the Nueva Revista del Pacífico (Universidad de Playa Ancha), directed by Professor Eddie Morales. The “Arte de marear” was published by Ediciones Altazor (2010) in Chile.

Eduardo Embry was awarded the Premio de la Crítica, mención Literatura, which is granted each year by the Círculo de Críticos de Arte de Valparaíso, Chile. Last year, he published “Libro de los embustes”, Editorial Altazor, Chile. He has received an invitation from the University of Playa Ancha, Chile, to offer readings of his most recent poetry and lectures on Pablo Neruda’s work.


I am one of those who abhor
this craft of searching for words
as if trawling through
streets and pantries
in search of glass, bones, broken
to take them to the recycling
but, by way of compensation,
and nothing more than that,
I am so glad this trade
of imperfect expression
where any minimal structure
can join up with another,
and in this chain
of tiny bits of bone and metal,
the verse comes out by itself,
but now something else,
It’s a fish wrapped
In loose sheets of newspaper,
It’s a kind of salty aspirin,
to my satisfaction,
a bicycle,
 gold-plated all over.