Mario Santiago Papasquiaro

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Mario Santiago Papasquiaro
Mario Santiago Papasquiaro - Casa.jpg
Born José Alfredo Zendejas Pineda
(1953-12-25)December 25, 1953
Mexico City, Mexico
Died January 10, 1998(1998-01-10) (aged 44)
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Poet
Nationality Mexican
Period 1972-1998
Literary movement Infrarrealism

Mario Santiago Papasquiaro is the pen name of José Alfredo Zendejas Pineda (Mexico City, December 25, 1953–1998). Mexican poet and co-founder of the infrarrealista poetry movement.

Biography[edit]

His first reading was in 1973. In 1976 he founded the infrarrealismo (infrarealism) movement along with Roberto Bolaño, Cuauhtémoc Méndez Estrada, Ramon Méndez Estrada, Bruno Montané, Rubén Medina, Juan Esteban Harrington, Oscar Altamirano, Jose Peguero, Guadalupe Ochoa, Jose Vicente Anaya, Edgar Altamirano, Elmer Santana and Mara Larrosa. Infrarealism was a vanguard literary movement representing a rupture with the Mexican literary establishment; Santiago is considered by many to be the principal exponent and purest stylistic representative of the movement. His poems are complex, erudite, and highly metaphorical. Santiago sought an aesthetic of signs, much like the calligrams of Guillaume Apollinaire. The majority of his work is still unpublished.

Roberto Bolaño used Santiago as the basis for the character of Ulises Lima in his novel The Savage Detectives. Like Santiago, the Lima character is an eccentric adventurer, and an opponent of the traditional forms of writers who sold out for state scholarships. Santiago frequently made enemies due to his sincerity and open criticism of what he deemed inferior forms of poetry, the literary elite, and poets themselves. He has gained slight recognition, though he is recognized and lauded by the recorded oral testimonies of his "comrades-in-arms".

Works[edit]

His poems were collected in Aullido de cisne, published in 1996. He died after being hit by a car on January 10, 1998 in Mexico City. This is the last poem he wrote:

EME ESE PE
Moriré sorbiendo
pulque de ajo
Haciendo piruetas
de cirquera
en la Hija de los
Apaches
del buen Pifas

* *

Bajo la bendición

de las imágenes

sagradas/ inmortales

del Kid/ el Chango

el Battling/ el Púas

Ultiminio/ el Ratón

(sacerdotes del placer

del cloroformo)

* *

Qué más que

saber salir de las cuerdas

& fajarse la madre en el centro del ring

La vida es una madriza sorda

Alucine de Efe Zeta

Película de Juan Orol

Mejor largarse así

Sin decir semen va o enchílame la otra

Garabateando la posición del feto

Pero ahora sí

definitivamente

& al revés.


Un poema infrarreal de Mario Santiago Papasquiaro

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