BiografieWashington Cucurto has invented a new literary form. He calls it realismo atolondrado: ‘headlong realism.’ It puts a Latin-American twist on the hard-boiled writing of the likes of Charles Bukowski and William S. Burroughs, mingling Beat with Spanish-language sensibilities and a pan-Latino consciousness.
When I first encountered Cucurto’s work, I was struck by its character. His writing was so different from the flowery Spanish poetry to which I was accustomed. Cucurto offers a hard-hitting respite from the white, bourgeois narrative that characterized Argentinian poetry in the 21st century. He writes from the margins of Latin American society, taking up the narrative of the immigrant, the homosexual, the street vendor and the whore. Here again comes a strong chiming with the other writer from a very different L.A. – Bukowski. Yet Cucurto has a sharp social critique at the center of his work that I have never felt in Bukowski.
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