At Barcelona’s beautiful La Central bookstore I picked up several exciting titles. The most recent two are Poesía en mutación (Alpha Decay, €7), which collects a handful of poems by each of seven Spanish poets born since 1975, including Martín Lópes-Vega and Sandra Santana, in a pocket-sized Alpha Mini edition. The anthology offers a 21-poem snapshot of poetry in a democratic Spain, and several of the young poets’ work will translate well into English. I’m also exited about young Catalan poet Jaume C. Pons Alorda’s (b. 1984) Carn vol dir desaparicions (labreu edicions, €12), the collection that ends the prolific poet’s trilogy Els estris de la llum i Cilici.
One older but equally exciting find is Poesía Gallega de Hoy (Colección Visor de Poesía, €15), edited and introduced by Basilio Losada, who writes in his introduction that the Galician lyric is living out its golden era. The poems are presented in en-face Galician and Spanish, mostly in their poets’ own translations. Poets featured include Xose Maria Alvarez Cáccamo, Xela Arias, Luisa Castro, and others. I only wish it featured more Galician women poets and that it at the very least acknowledged the vibrant left-of-center poetry that thrives in Northwestern Spain, like Chus Pato’s work. Still, the anthology offers an important if incomplete snapshot of a little-known contemporary poetry.