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In this piece, Bayley analyses the state of poetry in Buenos Aires. In his view it is a “daily challenge” that requires one to be alert and constantly aware of what one’s enemies are doing.
The magazine called Contemporánea, la revolución en el arte [Contemporary, the revolution in art] was published between August 1948 and August 1950. It was edited by Juan Jacobo Bajarlía (1914-2005), who was assisted by Edgar Bayley, Juan Mele (1923), and Carmelo Arden Quin (1913), among others. The first issue carried a Manifesto that spelled out the publication’s credo. The magazine reappeared in the fall of 1956, and the subsequent issue of that second phase was published in October 1957. This time, Bajarlía was assisted by Jorge Carrol (1933), Miguel Brascó (1926), and Alberto Vanasco (1925-93). Edgar Bayley is the name that was used by Edgar Maldonado Bayley, the Argentine poet who was born in 1919 and died in 1990. He was one of the group that launched Arturo magazine, and a founding member of the Arte Concreto — Invención[Concrete Art and Invention] Association. He published numerous collections of poems, stories, and essays, and was also a member of the group Poesía Buenos Aires. This particular document has been chosen because it expresses the author’s views on poetry.