Ricardo Blanco's Blog

Facts about Things

  Omnesia, W.N. Herbert’s new collection of poetry, comes in two volumes, subversively titled Alternative Text and Remix, so as to disabuse the reader of any notion of an ‘original’. The word ‘omnesia’ is a conflation of omniscience and… Read More

Ernesto Cardenal’s Prayer for Marilyn Monroe

  Yesterday I was introduced to one of the great poets of the 20th century, Ernesto Cardenal, on the fragile grounds that I have translated some of his poems, two of which appeared in Poetry Wales last year…. Read More


I am listening to a Chopin nocturne here in my attic, as the rain falls on the city. It is evening and it is autumn. Tomorrow I am going into hospital where someone will poke around in my… Read More

Two poems by Wendy Guerra

Wendy Guerra (b. 1970, Cienfuegos, Cuba) is part of a younger generation of Cuban writers and artists who express themselves in a mix of genres and across media. She came to fame with the publication of a non-fiction… Read More

The Empty House

      The Empty House   Invite no one into our house, for they will repair the doors, windows, staircase and windows, they will see the moths in the corners, the rusty locks, the blind, ruined lamps…. Read More