Ricardo Blanco's Blog

Poems for staying at home (Day 35)

    Let’s spare a thought for the beach poets, that ‘handful of geniuses’ who hang out on the sands, ‘making poetry with the waves’. Like the Dominican poet Frank Báez, perhaps, whose poetry does more than merely… Read More

Poems for staying at home (Day 33)

  Bunnies and top hats, David Lynch and the dark reverberations of down the rabbit hole; all of this explored by the inimitable Pedro Serrano in this quarantine poem, first published in The Other Tiger.   The Rabbit and… Read More

Poems for staying at home (Day 32)

  Today’s poem: a perfect study in stillness, by the Mexican poet Coral Bracho.   Goats In the whiteness and its nucleus of light the goats stand stock-still. Gently the rock holds them in its palm; like a… Read More

Poems for staying at home (Day 31)

  As we find ourselves in June, two bumblebees, observed by the Mexican poet Pura López Colomé, hover over ‘rose coloured leaves / from a flower that is not a rose.’   And the Anthurium, Undaunted Two bumblebees… Read More

Poems for staying at home (Day 30)

  After the weekend, this cow rummages through the debris left by the visiting humans; the remains of campfires, plastic carrier bags, bottles and beer cans. We know, we’ve seen it. Poor cow.   Fabio Morábito reminds us of… Read More

Poems for staying at home (Day 28)

  Now, listen: do not go roaming with the possum. Is that perfectly clear?   from A Somewhat Difficult Syntax The possum represents those who craved the Holy Word, but who, once they have received it, do nothing… Read More

Poems for staying at home (Day 27)

  Today – because ‘it’s the only thing the universe knows how to do’ – a poem about falling, from Argentina’s Beatríz Vignoli. I love the particularity of these lines:  ‘If they tell you that I fell / don’t… Read More

Poems for staying at home (Day 24)

    Today’s poem is another of my favourites from The Other Tiger, an extraordinary journey through family memory, in which the unsayable is said, and the tree of family is revealed to not know its roots. ‘Tree’… Read More

Poems for staying at home (Day 23)

‘When spirit plays at being matter, it turns into cat’. A selection of cat poems from Darío Jaramillo. Published in Impossible Loves (Carcanet, 2019).   Cats   The moon gilds the rooftops. Unannounced, the shadows of cats appear…. Read More

Poems for staying at home (Day 21)

  Imagine that you are in a dark nightclub and a Tiger is seated at the bar, observing you curiously. Something like this happened to Pedro Serrano in Cardiff a few years back. I know; I was there,… Read More

Poems for staying at home (Day 13)

    Today’s poem concerns a house, any house – though this one happens to be in Mexico – in which someone is born, but no longer lives. We all have a house to which we return in… Read More

Poems for staying at home (Day 10)

  For today’s reading we join the inimitable Jorge Fondebrider at home in Buenos Aires for a reading of ‘Clearing out the house’, that sad activity most of us will carry out at some point in our lives,… Read More