THE ABSCENCE OF A MOTHER
I don’t tend to talk about poetry on this blog, since we don’t represent poets. However, some of our authors dare to venture into the genre, which I always admire, because I find it extremely difficult, and I’ve always been in awe of those who know how to do it.
Alejandro Palomas is one of those authors– he has always written poetry, and in recent years he’s been able to find the right themes and the perfect editor to publish them. Letraversal does an extraordinary job: it takes bravery to publish poetry, and they’ve managed to make it into a beautiful book, beautiful like Alejandro’s words.
His latest title, Y UN DESPÉS, is about facing the emptiness left by a mother and understanding that nobody teaches us to be orphans. With an intimate and overwhelming voice, Palomas welcomes us into the intimacy of grief and embodies the pain, naked and pure, that emanates from absence. It is about the desire to see her again, becoming comfortable with living among memories, and discovering the woman who hides behind a mother. It is a precious, delicate collection of poems and the perfect gift to pay homage to mothers, without whom we would not be here.
Alejandro has made his novel UNA MADRE a longseller, just like UN HIJO and EL TIEMPO QUE NOS UNE,because in them we discover characters that steal our souls. And in this book of poems, the one who steals our soul is Alejandro himself– if you also have the privilege of being able to listen to him recite them, which we did on January 16th, in a full-to-the-brim theatre in Barcelona, it really leaves a lasting impression. So I encourage you to also become acquainted the poet Alejandro, because you will not be disappointed.