An encounter with poetry, bodies and painting, at which six renowned young poets have created a poem based on an artwork at the Museo Reina Sofía that each one chose.
Divertimento, by Ángela García Codoñer
Irati Iturritza Errea (Pamplona, 1997) holds a BA in Modern Languages, is a secondary school teacher and a translator. She has published the collection of poemsBrazos cortos (La Bella Varsovia, 2017) and Tampoco era esto lo que quería decir (La Bella Varsovia, 2021), the latter in collaboration with photographer Erik Rodríguez Fernández. She has participated in projects such as the exhibition of illustrated poetry Contraespacios/Kontraespazioak, the anthologies Orillas, Ultravioleta, Anónimos 2.3, DiVERSOS, Piel fina and A: mujer, lenguaje y poesía; the volume of short stories Itzulerak: barne bidaiak and the fanzine El ñu circense. She also coordinated the selection for Los muchachos ebrios, the extremely-young transoceanic poetry anthology published by La Tribu. She keeps on trying to find new languages with which to name nausea, fear and the earth.
Garrote vil (Garrotte), by Ramón Casas i Carbó
Manuel Mata (Vilagarcía, 1992) is a multidisciplinary artist and doctor in Contemporary Art. He won the Gloria Fuertes Award for Young Poetry, the Award for Poesía Irreconciliables and the International Arcipreste de Hita Poetry Award. He has published the books of poetry El buen salvaje, Toda hora andSe rompe una rama; as well as the short story volumeEl abecedario de una rosa, the experimental literature project Palos o serpientes, in turn comprised of the books 5009 and U28, and the ultra-short novel Los ciervos. He has been an editor of the cultural magazine La luciérnaga, a university lecturer in fine arts and a curator. He currently runs the interview website ultradulces.com, the Colección Iridiscente by Editorial Cántico and is the creative director of the online gallery Inneres Auge.
Sonido (Sound), by Victoria Gil
Nuria Vil (San Andrés de Comesaña - Vigo). I don’t distinguish between seeing and looking. My artistic work encompasses the spoken work and the dialogue between different arts to take poetry beyond the written. I am part of the performance poetry show Dúas Gamberras e un Micro along with Vanessa Glemsel, the literary platform A Sega, and I share an audiovisual project with Olga Martínez (MorlitaM) of spoken work and experimental music. Since 2016, I have participated at festivals, performances and audiovisual proposals, always in Galician. You can find me on the patronage platform Patreon and in collective fanzines. Simún (Ed. Chan da Pólvora, 2021) is my first written collection of poems.
The Gypsy, by Robert Delaunay
Pol Guasch (Tarragona, 1997) holds a BA in Literary Studies (University of Barcelona) and an MA in Construction and Representation of Cultural Identities (UB), from the Independent Studies Programme at the Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum, and an MA in Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory (King's College London). He is part of the cultural production company La Sullivan. He was an associate lecturer in Literature and Cultural Critique at UB and resident writer at the Santa Maddalena Foundation (Italy). He is the author of the books of poetry Tanta gana (Francesc Garriga Award, 2018) and La part del foc (López-Picó Award, 2020), and he has recited her poems at national and international festivals. His first novel Napalm in Our Hearts (Llibres Anagrama de Novel·la Award) will be published in several languages, including English and French.
Composición cubista (Cubist Composition), by María Blanchard Assess
Linked to the University of Passau (Germany) with an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. She is currently researching ‘Radical poetics: Imagining the self after a breast cancer diagnosis’. She holds a PhD from Queen Mary University of London and her dissertation is entitled The Lesbian Text: Fetish, Fantasy and Queer Becomings. Her work centres on the analysis of desire, body and discourse through a feminist and interdisciplinary critical device that interlinks psychoanalysis, new materialisms and queer studies. Her first book, La otra genealogía (Torremozas), won the Gloria Fuertes National Poetry Award. She then wrote Conjuros y Cantos (Kriller 71, 2016). And La Bella Varsovia published her Phantasmagoria and El ritual del baño. Her first novel was recently published, Lo que hay, by Reservoir Books.
Conciencia tranquila (Conscious at Ease), by Julio Romero de Torres
Xaime Martínez (Uviéu, 1993) is a writer, linguist and pop musician. He has written collections of poems both in Spanish — Fuego cruzado (Hiperión, 2014, Antonio Carvajal Award); Cuerpos perdidos en las morgues (Ultramarinos, 2018) — and in Asturian: Hibernia (Saltadera, 2017, Premiu de la Crítica d'Asturies). As a translator, he translated William Butler Yeats’s The Tower (Impronta, 2018) into Asturian, and founded and co-edits the young literary journal Oculta Lit. As a musician, he released two albums with the folk group La Bande and the solo book-diskÓsculos d’agua nel Imperiu Asturianu. His book of poems Cuerpos perdidos en las morgues won the 2019 Miguel Hernández National Young Poetry Award. And his first novel, La fuercia o les cuatro epifaníes de Martín Feito (Hoja de Lata) was published in autumn 2021.