The vitality of his message was surprising yesterday in contrast to the evidence of his delicate health; and the strength of his words with his weak thread of voice. But yesterday Francisco Brines I was happy, one day after receiving the Cervantes for his formidable poetic work. That is why he summoned journalists in the courtyard of his imposing country house, located in the paradisiacal game of Elca, in Oliva. And with the help of third parties, he wanted to have a brief dialogue from a balcony; a conversation that just for its conclusion was worth listening to: “Poetry is for those who read it.”
The scene had a romantic halo, spiced with a certain classicism. Some people likened it to the moment in which Romeo tries to listen to Juliet, leaning on another balcony, the work of the great poet William Shakespeare. “For me it is an achievement to have made poetry a different song to others, but it has come; as the verses of Gonzalo de Berceo, César Manrique and Ausiàs March have also arrived ”, Francisco Brines said as soon as he started contact with the media. To Ausiàs March, a Valencian like him, who shone in the 15th century, and who wrote all his work in Valencian, he dedicated a special praise: “he was the greatest poet in all of Spain in medieval times”.
“My health is as it is and I am not a whitewater swimmer,” Brines said on whether he would collect the award.
As it was also a day for gratitude, Brines cannot help, once again, remember his family, and especially his mother. “Mothers tend to embrace the extravagances of their children and then that accepted in the assent what I did, which was poetry, indicated that I was right,” he said. Moments before, the poet Àngels Gregori, director of the Francisco Brines Foundation, recognized the importance his family had had for him; the value for his parents of the conviction that this young man should develop a vocation that would lead him to be one of the best in the history of Spain. Àngels Gregori said that “the first thing that came to mind yesterday when he received the award was his family, a family of orange exporters that allowed him to be a poet, and how they embraced what was unknown to them; a decision that was not only a profession in Brines’s case, it was above all a vocation ”. For the director of the foundation, the poet’s work is also “a school of tolerance, of the poet who uses the poem as a form of embrace to the other, to that which is unknown.”
The poet also wanted yesterday to talk about the literary genre to which he has dedicated a lifetime. But with his particular vision: “Poetry is coexisting poetry, because I always write poetry for myself, as a reader, and therefore I receive it as a reader, as a creator and as a reader, but always thinking of the readers who will come to she”. “I think the important thing is that poetry belongs to those who read it, so you are condemned to read it,” he added with a laugh.
The journalists also wanted to know if he was going to collect the award. A complex matter due to his delicate health. “My health is as it is and I am not a whitewater swimmer,” he announced. Sources from the Francisco Brines Foundation pointed out, however, that if there is a possibility, an attempt will be made for the author to attend the event. Visibly animated, he wanted to announce his new work entitled Where death dies , of which he announced that “I think you will like it.” And he also wanted to share a toast with wine with the journalists and with the representatives of the Oliva City Council who met there. “This is the elixir of poets,” he said.
Finally, he expressed his satisfaction that the citizens of Oliva receive this award also as something of their own. “Partly that’s the way it is, because I am also happy about everything that arises in Oliva, an athlete, a musician, a writer and so on. Therefore, if I have that need to applaud an important award that has fallen to each of them. “
People close to him pointed out yesterday that at 88, Francisco Brines, one of the last survivors of the poetic group of the 50s, continues to write and read, in a place and in a house where the wonderful environment invites one to meditate with an optimistic sense. of the life. The same one that has led this author to be one of the best references in world poetry.