Escritores viajeros. El nomadismo como poética
Monterrey, Mexico: Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, 2021. Paperback. 122p.,bibl., indices, wrps. New. Item #79895
All reading is, in its own way, a way of traveling. All writing is, also in its own way, another way of embarking on a journey. We read to recognize ourselves in the other. We write to recognize ourselves in the other. This is the tenacity of the traveler, whether writing or reading: the drive and the desire to leave his interiority for the sake of landing in the interiority of the other.
Writing and reading are the points of an arch that is tensed in the purest intimacy. “Writing poetry is not just a hobby of mine, it is my way of being alone”, says Fernando Pessoa. In the retreat to solitude and in the conquest of it, the writer gives birth to light, he writes poetry. The conquest of the blank page is followed by the natural outcrop towards the outside. The drive to exteriorize is inescapable. Awareness of this back and forth movement is just one of the rudiments of the journey any writer undertakes. In an analogous way, the journey outwards, abroad, implies an interior transformation of such brutality and power that, in the return to its intimacy, the writer is not the same. "He who leaves does not return even if he returns," says the Mexican poet José Emilio Pacheco in a verse.