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The Other 9-11 Casts Shadows Four Decades Later

Fri, 11 Oct 2013 08:48:36 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

An ISU Professor says Americans should appreciate the other September 11th. Juliet Lynd says the date of September 11th 1973 is when the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende fell to a U.S. backed military overthrow, dashing the hopes of many.

Lynd says it is almost impossible to overstate the importance of that date in central and south America.

Chile is sometimes known as a nation of poets and Lynd says the coup created a flowering of art in response to the democracy lost, the violent repression that came, and the sense of disruption that gripped the region.

Lynd says Cecilia Vicuna is also an important figure to highlight. In the late '60s and early '70s she was an up and coming poet, looking forward to a promising career. She had a contract to publish a book in 1972. The work was not published because of the violence in the wake of the 1973 coup. After several decades the work is set to be published next month. Lynd says she believes the following poem captures the vision of what Vicuna believed poetry could do to contribute to that moment of social change. The poem is called "The Non-Manifesto of the TribuNo," or No Tribe. The No Tribe was an art collective Vicuna founded.

Lynd says she loves the idea at the end in which the poem is a seed spread, caught, and planted by readers. Lynd is speaking at Williams Hall Friday afternoon (3p) as part of Latino Heritage Month.

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