Entrevista / Rafael Cadenas


In his final days
the old poet
reached the Great Uncertainty;
but since he’d become reticent
he gave no details of his state.
He merely felt —he declared—
that he had wasted his life.

I would rather know what he didn’t say
than any one of his poems.

Maybe he also had no idea
where the mistake lay;
but throughout the conversation
we can see the dilemma between the lines: art
is offering
or vanity.

Gestiones (1992)

{ Rafael Cadenas, Obra entera, México DF: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2000 }

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