Desaprendizajes by J. M. Caballero Bonald

By J. M. Caballero Bonald

Desaprendizajes es un poemario que interroga al lector con implacable recurrencia y otorga a su autor una personalidad poética, consistente y singular, inconfundible. El acento paródico, l. a. subordinación sarcástica, l. a. crítica de l. a. cultura y de la sociedad, una ironía perceptible inclusoen los angeles sintaxis, potencian los angeles capacidad expresiva de una poesía que disecciona paisajes y figuras de los angeles actualidad civil, pretendiendo de ese modo desaprender lo consabido para interpretar los angeles realidad con un nuevo lenguaje o para corregir —como afirma el propio poeta— las erratas de la historia.

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And I got used to overcoming my disgust, because appetite is flexible, and hunger is stronger than appetite. But I never did get used to the absence of my morning coffee and having to take washed-out tea instead. Was that why I never adapted to prison life? " "I don't know many women who are obsessed with coffee in the morning," I answered. " That was not what grieved me, though. One morning a fellow prisoner managed to bring me a cup of coffee. I fell upon it with lust but gave myself time to contemplate it, which only moved another prisoner to cast longing glances in the direction of the cup.

And watch with love and patience the contact between the two elements, fire colored green and blue and water roiling and breathing out tiny white granules that turn into a fine film and grow. Slowly they expand, then quickly swell into bubbles that grow bigger and bigger, and break. Swelling and breaking, they're thirsty and ready to swallow two spoonfuls of coarse sugar, which no sooner penetrates than the bubbles calm down to a quiet hiss, only to sizzle again in a cry for a substance that is none other than the coffee itself-a flashy rooster of aroma and Eastern masculinity.

I open the door several times, but find no newspaper. Why am I looking for the paper when buildings are falling in all directions? " In this ironic exchange of roles, the text becomes the world, and the world, the text. The page is here equated with the landscape and becomes the mimetic space where negation is negated and forgetfulness is to be forgotten by means of writing. Thus the print medium also acts as a metaphor, the printed page as an icon of the action, as if the exploding shell burst into fragments of discourse on the page, just as the actual shell reconfigures the city's landscape.

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