The Kings have chaired this Friday, April 23, an act at the headquarters of the Instituto Cervantes in Alcalá de Henares to celebrate the International Book Day in which poetry and the winner of the Cervantes Prize 2020, Francisco Brines, have been the protagonists.
In an act lasting just over an hour, poetry has captured the attention of an event that has replaced the traditional delivery of the Cervantes – which, for the second consecutive year, it could not be held on April 23, this time because of Brines’ state of health.
It was precisely the Minister of Culture and Sports, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, who during his speech announced that the Cervantes Award ceremony will be held “soon” in Oliva (Valencia), the hometown of the winner in this edition. Francisco Brines, also counting on the presence of the Kings.
“Brines has not been able to accompany us for health reasons, although we will soon have the opportunity to visit him in his native Oliva with the Kings, whom I will proudly accompany to deliver it to him. Thank you, Your Majesties, for always being with the culture, “Uribes said.
The minister added that the “universal Valencian” poet awaits this act “in spring, which is your fall of the roses”. “We are devastated by this cruel pandemic, in which the book has been a faithful companion for a large part of the population. I think Brines would agree with this approach of the book to society,” he defended.
The poet himself has also had his space in the act, with the projection of a video in which he has read one of his poems, ‘My summary‘, belonging to the unpublished book’ Where death dies’. The 89-year-old author has read the passage in a weak voice, leaning on a microphone.
“‘As if nothing had happened’ / This is my summary and my epitaph is in it. / My nothing speaks live / and he looks into a mirror / that does not reflect anyone.” poem of Brines.
Previously, the actor José Sacristán has read a story by Miguel Delibes (‘El Pueblo en la cara’) and a poem by Antonio Machado (‘Don Francisco Giner de los Ríos’), as well as another poem, ‘Estación Claridad’, dedicated to the mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, by María Elena Walsh .
To close the event, the monarchs, accompanied by the director of the Instituto Cervantes, Luis Garcia Montero, have visited an exhibition in the cloister of the Colegio del Rey, built by the architect Juan de Herrera, which opens with a selection of contemporary poetry titles.
Francisco Brines or Offreds
During this visit, in which Uribes and the president of the Community of Madrid also participated, Isabel Diaz-Ayuso, Queen Letizia has shown interest in the “clash” between generations of “lifelong” poets and those who publish on social networks, mentioning names such as the poet Defreds and Brines himself.
Previously, the King had also asked Montero about current poetry and his relationship with young people. “Social networks have brought together the most intimate and the public and young people are now used to falling in love, having a fight and putting it on networks. Poetry lives between that frontier of intimacy and public, “explained the director of Cervantes.
At the end of the tour, the Kings have discovered a plaque commemorating the act on the thirtieth anniversary of the creation of the Cervantes Institute.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.