I did not expect it did he know who could be calling his house this afternoon in the countryside among the orange trees of the Valencian town of Oliva, where he lives in retirement When Francisco Brines realized that it was the Minister of Culture and Sports Jose Manuel Rodríguez Uribes to announce that he had won the Cervantes Prize first thing the poet did was think about his mother.
“I thought that my mother would be very happy, she would have been very happy, because at one time she thought that I was going where I wanted; I thought I wasn’t going the best way and in the end it turned out to be the best. ”
The poet speaks on the phone, with a small voice, with difficulty, but without losing his humor, helped by Àngels Gregori, the director of the Brines Foundation. “I did not expect. This is like finding a needle in a haystack.
Just as I deserve it, others deserve it. Therefore, if it is your turn, it is fortunate that they have put their hand on your shoulder. I am also very happy for all those who have previously won the Cervantes award ”, he tells EL PAÍS from his house in Elca.
Name of a rural part of Oliva and that of his family home, where he spent his childhood and where he returned in his old age, already turned into fertile literary territory.
The writer has been the winner of the 46th edition of the Miguel de Cervantes Prize , the most prestigious award for Castilian letters, worth 125,000 euros. His name has sounded year after year in the pools.
Not in vain, he is one of the most important creators of Spanish literature of the second half of the 20th century, the last representative of the prodigious generation of the 50s, of the children of the Spanish postwar period, who gave birth to poets such as Jaime Gil de Biedma, JM Caballero Bonald, Carlos Barral, José Ángel Valente or Claudio Rodríguez.
For those poets friends, Brines has also had words of memory, very delicate in health, but with a clear head: “There are people who have won it and who I have loved very much, such as Vicente Aleixandre, Carlos Bousoño or Claudio Rodríguez and other great friends.
I have always had my ears open and the hug too and I have made the best friends in poetry. Therefore, I am very grateful to poetry, because it has made me say what I would never have said, because my poetry has gone where she wanted, and I, saying yes, letting myself go “.
The author of The Autumn of the Roses, also a member of the RAE, already won the National Prize for Literature in 1986. The last coast (Tusquets) , Las brasas (La Palma), I rest in the light (Visor), To burn la noche (University of Salamanca), Cloudy Garden (Pre-Texts) or Entre dos nadas (Renaissance) are other of his most outstanding works.
“I would say that I think I am a real poet, I mean, and this is important to me, that poetry is born from within me. It is like a grace that comes from heaven without expecting anything.
We look up, but we also have to look down, because the earth is heaven, and between the two is the air, and that is where we are all, ”says Brines, while listening to a telephone that does not stop ringing. “You will have to go to Madrid to receive the award,” says her friend Àngels. “Well, well, although Elca is doing very well,” he says.
The jury has awarded the prize to Brines for “his poetic work that goes from the carnal and the purely human to the metaphysical, the spiritual, towards an aspiration of beauty and immortality. He is the intimate poet of the 1950s generation who has delved the most into the experience of the individual human being in the face of memory, the passage of time and vital exaltation ”. “Francisco Brines is one of the masters of current Spanish poetry and his teaching is recognized by all the generations that follow him,” adds the verdict.
Carlos Marzal, National Poetry Prize winner, is one of those younger disciples and friends that Brines has always surrounded himself with because of his generosity when it comes to sharing knowledge and personal experiences in long festive poetic evenings that have remained in his memory. When Marzal answers the phone, it seems that he has won it because of the emotion he transmits.