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The Arrival of the Orchestra

Authors: Gustavo Pereira

Published by Smokestack Books

ISBN: 9780956417534

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"There are only a handful of poets on this planet who can write political, intelligent, uncompromising poetry that is still relevant and accessible. Gustavo Pereira is one such poet."
Benjamin Zephaniah

"In this remarkable book, Gustavo Pereira reflects with insight and eloquence the reawakening in Venezuela that offers us all the threat of a good example."
John Pilger

This edition features the poems of Gustavo Pereira in English for the very first time, presented alongside their original Spanish versions.

Gustavo Pereira is one of Latin America’s most prolific poets, the best-known Venezuelan poet of his generation, a leading spirit in his country’s Bolivarian revolution and a prominent supporter of President Hugo Chávez (who once invited him to serve as Minister of Culture). Pereira has written over 30 books exploring Venezuela’s Spanish, Indian and revolutionary traditions. In 2008 the Caracas World Poetry Festival was dedicated to Pereira. A member of the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly, he is the author of the preamble to the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which defines culture as a legal right.
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