Submerged in due dates.
Here’s what’s arrived in the center of (my) radar:
and then, from Roberto Bolano
DON’T WRITE POEMS BUT SENTENCES
Write prayers that you will whisper
before writing those poems
you will think you never wrote
Strange gratuitous occupation To go losing your hair
and your teeth The ancient ways of being educated
Odd complacency (The poet doesn’t wish to be greater
than others) Not wealth or fame or even just
poetry Maybe this is the only way
to avoid fear Settle into fear
like one inhabiting slowness
Ghosts we all possess Simply
waiting for someone or something in the ruins
MY LITERARY CAREER
Rejections from Anagrama, Grijalbo, Planeta, certainly also
Mondadori. A no from Muchnik, Seix Barral, Destino… All
the publishers… All the readers
All the sales managers…
Under the bridge, while it rains, a golden opportunity
to take a look at myself:
like a snake in the North Pole, but writing.
Writing poetry in the land of idiots.
Writing with my son on my knee.
Writing until night falls
with the thunder of a thousand demons.
The demons who will carry me to hell,
all poem like creatures – Roberto Bolano
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A cool coincidence: Just yesterday, I was reading a review of Bolano’s “The Unknown University” and thinking it would be nice to get it. I enjoyed his “Romantic Dogs” and “The Savage Detectives,” so I figured his entire poetic output would be a wild time to read. What do you think of the book?
“Writing poetry in the land of idiots.” lol.
I am really liking it so far (about 70 pgs in). Refreshing variety of writing. I’ve always enjoyed his novels, but hadn’t read poetry. He has an incisive, melancholy way coupled to the S American “leaping poetry” quality – as I receive it so far
I loved Romantic Dogs. I finally got motivated and started 2666 last week, and about 200 pages in, it is one of my favorites of all time, but I have another 700 to go!
And why do my favorite authors have such short lives?
it is curious…any theories? I’ve wondered the same time and time again
Perhaps because they are so focused on a purpose, they have no physical health?