Tuesday, February 18, 2014

This Be The Verse

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And they add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another’s throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don’t have any kids yourself.
-Philip Larkin
(High Windows, Faber and Faber, 30)

Monday, February 17, 2014

“…the indiscretion of women is a trick invented by men. In love, at least, they’re as silent as the tomb.”
-Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
(Brás Cubas, Oxford UP, 177)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

“La primera mitad de nuestras vidas nos la arruinan nuestros padres y la segunda mitad, nuestros hijos.”
-Clawrence Darrow

Thursday, February 13, 2014

"Poetry is part of everything. You can’t have a really good work if it’s not touched by poetry. Poetry manifests itself in millions of ways: as rhythm, metaphor, mood. Sometimes it’s a type of emotional outpouring or necessity that’s not expressed through characters but through feelings. To me, poetry is the tragic sense of man. It’s a way of seeing things in the most complete way, the most absolute, and, to a certain extent, the most perfect. Where there’s no poetry, there’s no beauty, and without beauty no kind of artistic work can exist."
-Reinaldo Arenas

Saturday, February 08, 2014


“When I see a couple of kids
And guess he’s fucking her and she’s
Taking pills or wearing a diaphragm,
I know this is paradise.”
-Philip Larkin
(High Windows, Faber and Faber, 17)

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

“Hay soledades que son intransferibles.”
-Cezanne Cardona
(La velocidad de lo perdido, Tierranova, 248)

Monday, February 03, 2014

El recelo con cambiar de posturas

“¿Por qué se admira a quien permanece fiel a sus convicciones y se desprecia al que cambia de ellas? Temo que ésta sea la respuesta: porque todo el mundo supone que la cause de ese cambio no es otra cosa que un interés mezquino o un temor personal; es decir, en el fondo se cree que nadie modifica sus opiniones mientras le resultan provechosas o al menos no lo perjudican. Ahora bien, de ser así, queda en entredicho el valor ‘intelectual’ de toda convicción.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche
(Humano, Gradifco, 276)

Sunday, February 02, 2014

La mejor forma de empezar la jornada

“La mejor forma de empezar la jornada es preguntarse al despertar si durante ese día podemos dar gusto al menos a una persona. Si esta idea llegara a reemplazar a la costumbre religiosa de rezar al levantarnos, nuestros semejantes se beneficiarían del cambio.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche
(Humano, Gradifco, 262)