"Por cual causa o nostalgia"
It was so we could speak longer verses
The lector would have his seat somewhere
above the workers but within hearing range
to lead them through novel chapters, newspaper
columns, poem cantos, short stories and essays
So we could speak in volumes unaccustomed
Though we know even less than they do
About building or rebuilding a city
Excerpt from María Ramírez Ribes's interview with Rafael Cadenas, Conversaciones con Rafael Cadenas (Caracas: Editorial Pequeña Venecia, 1997).
"--Why does man need the city and its smoke?
--He needs the city, not the smoke. But the city has been developed using (how would I say it?) motives that are far from human. Even though it could be a completely different place. There has been a disconnection from Nature, you see? We have lost our reverence toward Nature and, of course, the cities are made by the man who has lost that connection. But if man were different the cities would be different. They would be gardens. Man today doesn't see nature within himself. Because that connection to Nature is not only found outside of man. Nor is there respect for words. They are used by demagogues, with no depth."