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Diego Valverde Villena

Diego Valverde Villena

Spanish poet
Diego Valverde Villena
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Intro Spanish poet
Is Writer Linguist Poet Translator Essayist
From Spain
Type Literature Social science
Gender male
Birth 6 April 1967, Lima
Age 54 years
Star sign Aries
Peoplepill ID diego-valverde-villena
Diego Valverde Villena
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Biography

Diego Valverde Villena, born on April 6, 1967, is a Spanish poet of Peruvian origin and Bolivian roots.

Life

Villena was born on April 6, 1967 in Lima, Peru. In 1971, when he was four, his family left Peru for Spain. Like many other writers, he studied at a Jesuit school, San Jose (St Joseph), in Valladolid. From 1985 to 1991 he earned three BLitt (Spanish, English and German) in the University of Valladolid. During this time he also attended courses on language and literature in the University of Salamanca (Scandinavian languages), University of Edinburgh (Modernism), University College Dublin (Irish literature and culture) and the University of Wroclaw (Polish language and literature). Afterwards he undertook doctorate studies on Medieval English Literature in the University of Oxford, the University of Heidelberg, the University of Tübingen, the University of Chicago and the Complutense University of Madrid, where he earned an MLitt in English Literature.

Valverde Villena worked as a lecturer in several universities, mainly in the Universidad Mayor de San Andres (La Paz, Bolivia), where he taught Medieval Lyric, Baroque Lyric and Poetry between 1996 and 1998. From 2002 to 2004 he worked in the staff of the Secretary of State for Culture in Spain.

He has translated into Spanish literary works written by Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, John Donne, Edmund Spenser, George Herbert, Ezra Pound, Emily Dickinson, Mikolaj Sep Szarzynski, Paul Éluard, Joachim du Bellay, Valery Larbaud, Nuno Júdice, Jorge Sousa Braga, E.T.A. Hoffmann and Paul Celan.

Style

According to the poet Julio Martínez Mesanza (cf. References), Valverde Villena's poetry comes from "a perfect mixture of life and culture". His cultural references serve as proper devices to show the poet's feelings in a way which resembles the conceit used by the Metaphysical poets. Martínez Mesanza also points at John Donne and Ausias March as influences on Valverde Villena.

Valverde Villena's short poems have been called by some critics as "flash poems" or "spark poems", because they concentrate many ideas in a few lines. In the words of the poet Higazi, "it's like having a big lion in a little cage".

There are many sources to Valverde Villena's poetry: not only the literary tradition of several languages, but also History, Anthropology, Religion, Music and Cinema.

Works

Poetry

  • El difícil ejercicio del olvido, La Paz, Bolivia, 1997.
  • Chicago, West Barry, 628, Sueltos de la Selva Profunda, Logroño, 2000.
  • No olvides mi rostro, Huerga y Fierro, Madrid, 2001.
  • Infierno del enamorado, Valladolid, 2002.
  • El espejo que lleva mi nombre escrito, Cairo, 2006.
  • Shir Hashirim, Ediciones del Caracol Descalzo, Madrid, 2006.
  • Iconos, a three-part poem -a triptych of icons- released with the music composed for it by Juan Manuel Ruiz, 2008.
  • Un segundo de vacilación, La Paz, Bolivia, 2011.
  • Panteras, Madrid, 2015

Anthologies

  • 33 de Radio 3, Calamar/RNE 3, Madrid, 2004.
  • Antología de poesía española y egipcia contemporánea, Instituto Egipcio de Estudios Islámicos, Madrid, 2005.
  • Diez poetas, diez músicos, Calambur, Madrid, 2008.

Essays

  • Para Catalina Micaela: Álvaro Mutis, más allá del tiempo, UMSA, La Paz, Bolivia, 1997.
  • Varado entre murallas y gaviotas. Seis entradas en la bitácora del Maqroll el Gaviero, Gente Común, La Paz, Bolivia, 2011
  • Dominios inventados, Plural, La Paz, Bolivia, 2013.
  • “Poesía boliviana reciente” en La Jornada Semanal, Mexico, June 27, 1999.
  • “El espejo de la calle Gaona: los pasadizos entre ficción y realidad en Jorge Luis Borges”, Clarín, 30, Nov.-Dec. 2000, pp. 5–10.
  • “Don Álvaro ante el rey, tantos años después”, Clarín, 32, March–April 2001, pp. 3–8.
  • “Mujeres de mirada fija y lento paso: el eterno femenino en la poesía de Álvaro Mutis”, Excelsior, Mexico, June 7, 2002.
  • “Hechos de armas bajo la bandera de Álvaro Mutis”, Letras Libres, 10, July 2002, pp. 46–48.
  • “Spain: Agape and conviviality at the table”, in Culinary Cultures of Europe, Council of Europe Publishing, Strasbourg, 2005.
  • “Al amparo de Isis (un viaje a Egipto)”, in Clarín, 63, May–June 2006, pp. 66–68.
  • "Cuando Stonewall Jackson conoció al General Lee: una semblanza de José María Álvarez", introduction to Los prodigios de la cera, by José María Álvarez, Caracas, 2008, pp. 13–17.
  • "Los caminos de T. S. Eliot", in Renacimiento, Seville, 2008, pp. 106–108.

Prose translations

  • Nuestro visitante de medianoche y otras historias, by Arthur Conan Doyle, Valdemar, Madrid, 2001.
  • La vida imperial de Rudyard Kipling (The Long Recessional), by David Gilmour, Seix Barral, Barcelona, 2003.
  • En interés de la Hermandad (In the Interests of the Brethren), by Rudyard Kipling, in Conde de Aranda, 3, 2007, pp. 91–110.

Editions

  • Alvaro Mutis, La voz de Alvaro Mutis, edited by Diego Valverde Villena, Poesía en la Residencia, Residencia de Estudiantes, Madrid, 2001.
  • Luis Alberto de Cuenca, De amor y de amargura, edited, selected and with a preface by Diego Valverde Villena, Renacimiento, Seville, 2005.
  • Gaviero. Ensayos sobre Álvaro Mutis, edited, selected and with a preface by Diego Valverde Villena, Verbum, Madrid, 2014.

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