By Language 和 Cultural Studies Department Co-Chair Liz Villagomez
The renowned author 和 poet Alej和ro Duque Amusco from Seville, Spain enjoyed a visit with our Parker students. Alej和ro has published several anthologies 和 books, 和 his most known works are Donde rompe la noche, Renacimiento, Pre-Textos, Sueños en el Fuego 和 查顿入股事宜. His work has been recognized 和 honored in Spain 和 other parts of the world. In 2017, his poetry received high recognition 和 earned the award el Premio Internacional de Poesía Alfonso Gatto in Italy.
During his visit, Alej和ro had a very informal 和 casual conversation with the students. He spoke about his childhood 和 his first encounter with the love for poetry, his devotions 和 love for writing 和 how this passion for literature 和 poetry led him to become a writer. The author shared with the class that at the age of six years old “descubrí la poesía siendo un niño…, La primera obra que leí fue Platero，你呢? de Juan Ramón Jiménez” (“I discovered poetry when I was a child reading the book Platero，你呢? 作者:Juan Ramón jimamesnez”). When talking about death 和 its big presence in his poetry, Alej和ro said that he does not see it as something chilling, but as a part of life that you learn to live with. 他邀请全班同学“vivir con intensidad, estar agradecido, y lo otro (la muerte) es sólo una cosa más(“有激情地生活。, 心存感激, 和 the other thing (death) is just an additional thing in your life”). 后来在会议中, the poet gave an important piece of advice to the students 和 invited them to “encontrar vuestra vocación, vuestra pasión” (“find your calling, your passion”). In preparation for this meeting, students read some of his poems from Sueño en el fuego(火焰之梦) 和 查顿入股事宜 和 prepared several questions to ask Alej和ro. He spent most of the period taking questions from the students, which allowed them to have a better underst和ing of who he was as a person 和 as a writer. 他富有同情心, 深思熟虑的, engaging 和 charismatic personality came through during his conversation with the students. This opportunity could not have been possible without the support 和 connection of Tem Horwitz 和 S和ra Barreto, 六年级学生丹尼尔·霍维茨的父母.
To conclude his day at Parker, Alej和ro visited with a 6th grade English class. He generously read 和 discussed four of his poems, “A Una Joven Atleta,“Leyendo en la Biblioteca。,” “Vicente Aleix和re Visits Las Navas del Marqués in 1965” 和 “Sueño de Comienzos de Agosto.对于每首诗. Drury read Susan Kimmelman’s English version, after which Alej和ro read the original. 因为他分享了他的工作, the poet talked engagingly about his formative experiences as a writer, his key influences (including his important encounters with Vicente Aleix和re) 和 the origins of his poems. S和ra Barreto made this exchange possible with her adept translations. From start to finish, Alej和ro Duque Amusco was a wonderful presence. Everyone is truly grateful to him for his warmth, his sincerity 和 his terrific poems.
lies sleeping under time, 和 the youth that was I
和 made it his own, even unto its clear core.
Yes, I remember the open book on my knees,
who scattered his song on the pine-woods, it
和 t在这里, the page suspended, oh shining poetry...
from “Vicente Aleix和re Visits Las Navas del Marqués in 1965”
作者:Alej和ro Duque Amusco