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December 7, 2010

Jose Manuel Caballero Bonald- contemporary Spanish poetry

Filed under: Spanish — Tags: , , , — razvan @ 5:45 pm

Jose Manuel Caballero Bonald (Jerez de la Frontera, 1926), makes his lyric rich considering the passage of time. from http://www.spanisharts.com He is well known as a novelist as his Mar adentro novel fascinated milions when it made it to the cinema screen. But he is also an important poet.

I Do Not Know from Whence You Come
Now I remember the speakable river
that flowed below your name, the house in whose kingdom
the bitter day walked, meandering
around the clear maternal walls.
I remember it all together, although, I don’t know,
something escapes me like a remnant
of light, like a sense of absence,
something that I forget and yet understand
that it is most decisive. And suddently
I no longer remember anything, I no longer know anything of yours.

From Spanish Poetry of the Twentieth Century: Modernity and Beyond

and another video with the author reading in Spanish.


  1. Thanks for posting the poem and the link to the book. The video is really great.

    Comment by leifhendrik — July 1, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

  2. Today’s newspaper carries a report that the great Spanish poet Jose Manuel Caballero Bonald has received the Literature Premio Cervantes award. I tried to read some of his poems in English translation over the internet,but could browse only this poem. What a beautiful poem it is!
    A.K. Das, India.

    Comment by Ajit Kumar Das — April 25, 2013 @ 4:32 am

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