By Ernesto González Barnert. Translated by Jessica Sequeira. ISBN:
6" x 9" Black & White on Cream paper 140 pages
Playlist is a volume that exceeds any definition or literary genre. In these poems about music, united by a lyrical pulse, the author traces a vital trajectory of love touched by death. According to the author, "For a long time Playlist carried this epigraph by Alex Turner, vocalist for the Arctic Monkeys: I poured my aching heart into a pop song. / I couldn't get the hang of poetry."
Playlist makes me think that when I see that girl sitting on the ground in the metro listening to music, and I'm in the corner also listening to music, perhaps we are not so far apart, perhaps a possibility exists of connecting, of getting to know each other. Mike Wilson
A secret of this book by Ernesto Gonzalez Barnert is that not only is it a "playlist" or "soundtrack", it is also the "soundtrack of a generation". Ricardo Martinez
Ernesto Gonzalez Barnert (Temuco, Chile, 1978) is a poet with more than ten books published. He has received the Pablo Neruda Award for Poetry in 2018, the National Book Council Award for Best Unpublished Work in 2014, the Eduardo Anguita National Prize in 2009 and the Pablo Neruda Award of Honor from the University of Valparaiso in 2007, in addition to several other recognitions and grants for his poetic work. Among his latest books are the anthology No Man Is an Island (Buenos Aires Poetry, 2019) and the collection We Were Stars, We Were Music, We Were Time (Mago, 2018). Gonzalez Barnert is also a filmmaker and cultural events organizer at the Espacio Estravagario of the Pablo Neruda Foundation. He lives in Santiago.