04 diciembre 2007

Venezuela: Protégete de los vacilantes

El voto el domingo en Venezuela, donde mis compatriotas supieron distinguir entre su apoyo a la figura del Presidente Hugo Chávez y la reforma constitucional por él propuesta, me hizo recordar las primeras líneas de este poema de Heberto Padilla, de su libro (1968) Fuera del juego.

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Protégete de los vacilantes,
porque un día sabrán lo que no quieren.
Protégete de los balbucientes,
de Juan-el gago, Pedro-el mudo,
porque descubrirán un día su voz fuerte.
Protégete de los tímidos y los apabullados,
porque un día dejarán de ponerse de pie cuando entres.

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Geoffrey Fox's short story collection Welcome to My Contri (1988, enlarged e-book 2010) was described by The New York Times Book Review as a "short and impressive work" in which "Mr. Fox [...] has created a memorable set of players who, while not natural antagonists (they often share the same dreams and goals), are still somehow bent on confrontation. Watching their sometimes vicious, often darkly humorous interactions leaves us thoroughly wrung out and aware that we are in the presence of a formidable new writer". Novels: A Gift for the Sultan (2010), Rabble! (2021) His articles, op-eds and book reviews have appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, the Village Voice and other publications. Since 2008, Fox has been living with his partner, architect Susana Torre, on the edge of the Mediterranean in the village of Carboneras in Andalusia, Spain, where his short stories (in Spanish) under the pen name "Baltasar Lotroyo" ("el otro yo" = alter ego in Spanish) have appeared in anthologies and online publications.