Amor en vilo by Pere Gimferrer

By Pere Gimferrer

Bajo el título de Amor en vilo Pere Gimferrer ha reunido 142 textos que constituyen su primer libro de libro de poesía unique en castellano desde 1969. Fechados entre abril de 2004 y diciembre de 2005, estos poemas aparecen (salvo el que cierra el volumen) en estricto orden cronológico, y relatan una singular historia de amor cuyos antecedentes e inicios son también materia del coetáneo libro en prosa Interludio azul. El retorno al castellano, atribuible a l. a. índole misma de l. a. historia, se traduce en una evidente variedad métrica. Resonancias que ya aparecieron en los angeles anterior obra del autor (desde Góngora hasta Rubén Darío e incluso Garcilaso, a menudo en l. a. lectura que de ellos hizo los angeles generación del 27) coexisten con un mosaico de alusiones a literaturas en otras lenguas, al mundo del cine o a l. a. pintura, para relatar una historia contemporánea en una diversidad de tonos y acentos que no se adscribe a tendencia alguna. Se cumplen aquí proféticamente las palabras que Octavio Paz escribió a Gimferrer en 1968: “Dentro de 10 años será usted un hombre joven y dentro de forty un viejo, pero siempre será, estoy seguro, un poeta joven. Con esto no quiero decir un poeta imperfecto sino un poeta dueño de esa perfección que sólo lo joven tiene”.

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All these testimonies are hardly of any value because it is obvious that poems are praised or vituperated, not for their literary merits, but because of their contents. If you are in favour of the cult of the icons, any anti-iconoclastic poem is good (see Theodore’s letters) and any iconoclastic piece of writing is bad (see the Refutation). If you are a good Christian, you like any form of religious writing as long as it 62 63 64 65 For an excellent introduction to the topic, see HÖRANDNER 1991: 415–432.

Of course, only the sun shines for free: so, if they want to attend his lessons, they will have to pay his teacher’s fee. Right at the beginning of his didactic poem, the Thousand-Line Theology, Leo Choirosphaktes gives the following advice to his readers: “If thou art skilled in the art of literary discourse, take me in thy hand and in the depth of thy knowledge; but if thou art ignorant of higher learning, leave what thou canst not understand to friends who do”73. Two sorts of readers are singled out here: scholars equipped with all the literary baggage needed to interpret Leo’s learned poem, and less knowledgeable readers who are in need of their friends’ intellectual guidance.

Mityl. 55, a poem in which the emperor is compared to the goldflowing Paktolos as well: see C. CRIMI, Graeca et Byzantina. Catania 1983, 41–43. ). As Geometres owned a luxurious mansion in the centre of the city and never refers to any financial problems (in his poems he complains about almost everything, but not about poverty), he must have been rather well-off. He may have inherited some of his possessions from his father, a “loyal servant of the emperor”, but the rest of his opulence will have accrued throughout his years of active service in the military48.

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