At 11:20pm on May 19th, 2008, Peter Wessel said…
First of all Gabriela, that's a captivating picture, and a very good one. It also makes me want to know where that woman is coming from and where she's going. Where or what does that corridor lead to? Was the picture taken for a special occasion?
I'm just back from a two-hour Kronos concert and before having dinner I'd like to practise music for an hour, so I shall be short. By the way, it was a wonderful concert and the best piece was an extended work by a Serbian composer called Aleksandra Vrebalov with the title "...hold me, neighbor, in this storm..." I live five minutes walk from the Thyssen Museum where you saw the Modigliani show. We just missed one another! I saw the exhibition and liked it, although I preferred the "complementary show" at the Casa de las Alhajas next to the Corte Inglés. That belongs to Fundación CajaMadrid and whenever there's something at the Thyssen they usually do a parallel exhibition, putting the show at the Thyssen in a historical and economical context with works by the painter's friends and contemporaries and lots of interesting photographs and documentation. There were also some sculptures by Brancusi. Funny you should mention him: in a recent interview I mentioned Brancusi as one of the main influences on my poetic work. You know, on my Reteua page you can hear me recite three Poems, and if you give me your e-mail address I can send you the interview from my CD-book. I'm doing a reading at the Casa Argentina in Rome on the 13th of june, but I suppose you can't be there? The Cervantes Institute is sponsoring a reading tour for me with "my" musicians and we're also going to Berlin and Dublin and Stockholm.
I'll check out the book and the links you mentioned when I get a bit of time. Busy arranging the trip to Rome and a presentation I have to do of a Peruvian collection of tales.
I don't. English is fine. I invited you because I hardly know anything about Rumania and Rumanian culture. For the moment, all we hear about Rumania here in Spain has to do with immigrants, since a large percentage of the Rumanian immigrants in Spain are gypsies and although Spanish culture has been enriched by gypsy culture, it is obvious that it will take time for most recently arrived to be accepted and integrate into Spanish society. Luckily our government is not likely to accept the tough politics that the new Italian fascist regime is trying to impose on Europe. Anyway, what I wanted to say was that I feel a need to have friends in Rumania who can give me a more nuanced idea about Rumania, because friendship, and the knowledge that you will eventually gain through a close relationship with somebody from a different culture from your own is the only way to fight prejudism. This need to stay open and unbiased is what made me join Reteaua Literara. I have joined three groups: poetry, to on music and one on "lost in translation: my fields. And reading about different members I fell on you, as we seem to have shared interests, don't you think? Un abrazo, Peter
PS. Music is an important factor in my multilingual poetry - my Polyfonías - as this is one language in which it's difficult to get lost in translation. BTW, Rumania and Denmark seem to have at least one thing in common. Both our countries have a trove of fine musicians that do an important job as goodwill embassadors for our cultures.
Din pacate eu nu pot sa asist la inaugurare pentru ca sunt in Romania, la Bistrita pana pe data de 20 aprilie. Eventual transmite-i mesajul Cristinei la urmatoarea adresa: firstname.lastname@example.org si in felul acesta s-ar putea sa participe si cineva de la FEDROM. Mult succes !