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By Bruce Dean Willis

Aesthetics of Equilibrium is the 1st book-length comparative research of the theoretical prose through significant Latin American vanguardist contemporaries, Mario de Andrade (Brazil, 1893-1945) and Vicente Huidobro (Chile, 1893-1948). Willis deals a comparative research of 2 allegorical texts, Huidobro's "Non serviam" and Mario's "Parabola d’A escrava que nao e Isaura."

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18– 19: “The wall was made of jasper, and the city itself was made of pure gold, as clear as glass. The foundation stones of the 4 A Desire for Equilibrium city wall were adorned with all kinds of precious stones. The first foundation stone was jasper, the second sapphire [. 21. Nevertheless, in the context of the commencement of Huidobro’s “nueva era,” this somewhat inexact New Jerusalem is the metaphor for a new world. ” The poet is not God, of course, but a god, endowed with supernatural creative powers.

Mário’s quirky love of equilibrium and balance concretizes his analogy of religion and art, which serves to unify and support the essence of his pseudo-biblical parable. While God, or the divine, exists as part of the collective unconscious that unites all humans, the ways in which He is worshipped vary greatly; likewise, in art, the individuality of each artist or work should balance, and not impede, the expression of a universal unconscious. ” Not surprisingly, Mário employs this same lexicon on three other key occasions in the parable.

1 Bary notes that Larrea and Gerardo Diego, Huidobro’s Spanish disciples, met their master for the first time at that 1921 conference in which Huidobro read this text. Larrea later summarized the piece as Huidobro’s “eco de la doctrina mallarmeana de la palabra poética como lenguaje del paraíso y del juicio final” (Bary, Nuevos estudios 13); Larrea confirms the importance of these two biblical extremes in Huidobro’s poetic vision. In a series of imaginative aphorisms and definitions, Huidobro elaborates his poetic mystique by restoring a kind of supernatural power to verbal ex32 Poetic Engineering pression, and then, by extension, to poets, or to those who would recognize and exercise this power of words.

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