Hello, my dear readers!
Today I want to talk to you about something that I love. Venezuelan poetry.
In general I love poetry but last year I discovered a bookstore that sold only books by Venezuelan writers. Among them there is a great variety of history books, stories and my beloved poetry.
I love verses, rhymes and sometimes just one sentence is enough to fill you with emotions.
Venezuelan poetry repeats the history of many other South American nations, emerging as the fruit of indigenous literature and colonial literature. These two traditions, that of the native peoples and that of the Spaniards, were combined in the development of Venezuelan poetic production.
Today Venezuelan poetry talks about many things but I will focus on my favorite poems. These are:
- Music of Rockola by Adriana Bertorelli Párraga: Undressing the heart is the demanding and seductive proposal that animates this book of poems. The author, knowing what implies an excessive sincerity, manages to express the silenced beat of the cordial organ; the finding is the result of a patient search that testifies to the passion unleashed and the love that nourishes it, that life that is “wanting to break” between pain and desire. Convincing in its conceptual and careful proposal in its stylistic architecture, Música de Rockola is a lyrical tear; under its lattice of light and beyond the refined mask of its sarcasm there is a deep cracking, something resistant that, nevertheless, has broken in its more fragile and less perceptible side. This beautiful collection of poems that reaches my soul, and written by the talented Adriana Bertorelli Párraga, considered it my favorite because of the delicate way in which the erotic and amatory theme is exposed so many times with a nice mockery of wit.
- Tortola from Above by Luis Alberto Crespo: If poetry did not have the power to transform desolation into dazzle, if it could not see in the wilderness the fullness of the humble drop of dew capable nevertheless of to contain the universe, if it did not revive in nostalgia or in melancholy to accompany after the near deserts and vanished presences in whose trace we interrogate and recognize, this admirable book did not owe its existence. But Luis Alberto Crespo has crawled through the brambles of his beloved cliffs to summon nostalgia and balance it with the radiance of his word. In the turtledove’s psalmody, under the glare, he has seen intersecting known and recurring shadows: some, barely insinuated in the aridity of the earth, other escapes from the opacity of daguerreotype and absences, some inscrutable and remote, others attached to his tañir, to his obstinacy or to his paltry need: with them he has restored his essences, the faces of his lineage, the Crespo Melendez summoned by love, by catastrophe and exile, hallucinated by chimera and oblivion, restored to their throbbing and its indefinite eternity. Tórtola de más arriba is a definitive book in the work of Luis Alberto Crespo. The Venezuelan poetry of this century has in it an essential reference.
- Cuando Roza la Tierra: Poetic Anthology 2016 by Tarek William Saab: Tarek William Saab is a well-known government politician. The first time I heard of him was when he began as governor of Anzoategui state, after that he climbed much higher on those power stairs that the government sometimes twists to the people of Venezuela. But long before entering politics, Tarek had a soft heart and poetry. Beautiful and delicate poetry that fills with wonderful emotions to everyone who reads. Despite his political part, I greatly admired the facet of this author’s poet since each verse is wonderful to read. A talent that is really worth reading and that’s why I keep a copy of this beautiful book written by him.
To finish I want to leave you a small sample. My favorite poem of Rockola Music. I hope you enjoy it and until next week!
“There are deeper passions than the love that unties them”
– Adriana Bertorelli Párraga
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