Ramos Sucre, ¿un personaje de su obra? / Juan Calzadilla

Ramos Sucre, A Character from His Own Work?

     Ramos Sucre is a creator of myths, who has become finally, in person, a myth. A creator to whom people have wanted to attribute the lives of his characters, as though poetry could become reality outside of fiction and become mixed up with the author’s life merely because people make the latter material for literary speculation. When what is really of concern is the text.
     I’m of the opinion that dramatizes the “heartrending tones” of his poetics, although I don’t deny that the gloom we find in his poems is autobiographical by nature, which somehow explains how the poet’s suffering, registered in his texts, would have led him to suicide when he was forty. But I think, as Michaux thought, that one writes for the sake of health. The game and the pleasure that writing satisfies compensate in the poet’s case for the pain and bitterness of life, although they don’t substitute them; that’s why I don’t think Ramos Sucre required a confessional need to reach a heartrending tone, since that tone actually corresponds to an aesthetic feeling paired alongside the way, formally speaking, the poet knew how to attribute greater poetic efficiency.
     The suffering of Ramos Sucre is that of someone who experiences evil as much as he is a victim of it. But it is also someone who experiences pain as an awareness of the world.
     Because of evil the poet is in the world. He is excluded from it by suffering. He is provisionally captured by love (while alive).

{ Juan Calzadilla, Libro de las poéticas, Caracas: Fundación Editorial el Perro y la Rana, 2006 }

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