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PostSubject: Mexican poet Pacheco wins top Spanish literature award   Mon Nov 30, 2009 4:30 pm

I've just found this on the news. I must admit that I have never heard of José Emilio Pacheco, but the news intrigued me, so I've googled some of his works. First of all, here's the link to the article:

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/americas/news/article_1516189.php

I've also included one of his poems below, for those of you who don't know him either. I find this poem sort of intriguing. He appears to be a true master of poetry in the sense that he does not need more than a few words to convey his message - he condenses it perfectly without losing any of the associations he hopes to provoke in the reader. What do you think? Do you know him and can perhaps provide some more insight into his work and way of writing?



Alta traición

No amo mi Patria. Su fulgor abstracto
es inasible.
Pero (aunque suene mal) daría la vida
por diez lugares suyos, cierta gente,
puertos, bosques de pinos, fortalezas,
una ciudad deshecha, gris, monstruosa,
varias figuras de su historia,
montañas
(y tres o cuatro ríos).

(High treason

I do not love my country. Its abstract splendor
is beyond my grasp.
But (although it sounds bad) I would give my life
for ten places in it, for certain people,
seaports, pinewoods, fortresses,
a run-down city, gray, grotesque,
various figures from its history
mountains
(and three or four rivers). )

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