Brines: “The important thing is not the prize, it is the poetry”

Francisco Brines.
Fernando Bustamante

The poet and academic Francisco Brines has stated, after receiving the news that it has been awarded the 2020 Cervantes Prize, what is happy that “his poetry, the one he has done forever, has reached its destination” and that although it is a recognition that “I did not expect” he receives it “with great emotion”.

Brines (Oliva Valencia, 1932) has made these statements in a telephone conversation with EFE, in his family home ‘Elca’, in the hometown of Oliva (Valencia), and has pointed out that the first person he has thought of after receive the call from the Minister of Culture and Sports, Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes, has been in his mother and how he would react to the award, since when he told him he wanted to be a poet “he thought in which directions he would take his son and where it would take him.

The poet has always been grateful that his parents respected his vocation as a poet, despite come from a world “that had nothing to do with letters”, and accompanied him on the path he had chosen.

Brines, whose state of health is very delicate, has encouraged current generations of poets to continue his work, and has shown himself convinced that “Garcilaso and a poet of today would feel the same poetry” and “enormous joy” with a achieved verse.

For the Valencian poet, who in 2019 received the High Distinction of the Valencian Generalitat, poetry must also serve in a time as difficult as the current one, in the face of the crisis generated by the Covid-19 pandemic, of “a refuge” because it has the power to “heal” the soula.

The prize is not the important thing, the important thing is the poetry“, said the Valencian writer, and has assured that it is an award that” he did not expect “at this point in his life but that he receives it” with great emotion and embraces a lot “.

I am very happy that my poetry has reached its destination, which are the readers and not only poetry in Castilian but also that translated into Castilian “, added the Valencian poet who has always claimed Ausiàs March as one of his great literary references.

For the poet, the prize is not the important thing, “the important thing is poetry”, which in his life has also given him the great satisfaction of “friendship”, the most important in his life, such as that of Calos Bousoño or Vicente Aleixandre.

Brines received last December, from the president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, the High Distinction granted by the Valencian Government to its most illustrious citizens in his family home ‘Elca’.

In his speech, the Olivense poet thanked his family for the award, especially to his father, an orange merchant who gave him “a great lesson” very early on, respect for his love of literature.

Brines received the recognition of the Valencian Government with humility, and said that it was “a consequence of what is written and what is written at the end of the day is my life.”

“The need to write poetry, excellent or mediocre,” to transform life into words is still extraordinary, the poet claimed then.

After hearing the news of the award, the president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, congratulated the “first Valencian Cevantes” on his Twitter account and said about Brines that he is “a great person” who “taught us that we are a parenthesis entre dos nadas “and is the” author of melancholy and a look at a past that neither poetry nor memory can restore “.


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