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Luis García Montero will talk about commitment to poetry at the CEMAB tomorrow

The poet from Granada will present the documentary on his poetry “Aunque tú no lo sepas” (Even if you don’t know it) during the afternoon in Elda.


Alicante. Wednesday, 2 Novembre 2016

Poet from Granada and lecturer at the University of Granada Luis García Montero will be giving a lecture on commitment to poetry at the UA Mario Benedetti Centre for Ibero-American Studies (Faculty of Arts, building 3, AIFOS exhibition hall) on Thursday 3 Novembre at 11 am.

During the evening, the poet will also participate in the viewing of Aunque tú no lo sepas (Even if you don’t know it) a documentary about his diverse life and work. The documentary, directed by Charlie Arnáiz and Alberto Ortega, was presented at the University Venue in Alicante last 21 October and this time, the screening will take place at the Paurides Foundation in Elda (C / Cardenal Cisneros, 1) at 8 pm. This event is part of the activity programme prepared by the a Sede Universitaria de Elda.

Aunque tú no lo sepas is one of the most well known poems by Luis García Montero and served as an inspiration for a mythical piece written by musician Quique González and performed by the late Enrique Urquijo (from Los Secretos). The documentary title connects perfectly to the purpose of this project: to open a window to the unknown world of poetry from several approaches, from other artistic disciplines. In fact, music plays a key role in the film thanks to the contributions of artists like Joan Manuel Serrat, Miguel Rios, Joaquin Sabina, Estrella Morente and Grenadian music band TNT, among many others.  


A visual tribute to poetry

What role does poetry play in our society? And how about the poet's? Can a poem change our perspective of life?  What are the connections between poetry and music in our country? What what about between poetry and other artistic disciplines? The documentary echoes the controversies and different aesthetic trends that can be found within current poetry.

Since the early eighties to present, poet Luis García Montero (Granada, 1958) has been earning a leading position in the Spanish poetry. Other than a disciple of some of the most successful names of our poetry and mentor of new poetic voices that begin to stand out in our country, Luis serves as a connector between the two centuries in which we live. Every new book he get published, García Montero eventually reach the top of the best selling books. He performs to crowd capacity and he is very much appreciated by many people yet insulted by some conflicting groups. What's the secret for him to have become one of the main poets of our poetry? Who were his main mentors in poetry? Who is actually Luis García Montero? There are more than one Luís. Involved in several social issues, he is a novelist, a professor, a critic, a friend, a husband … However, he defines himself as a “poet”. Husband of novelist Almudena Grandes, friend of celebrities such as Joaquín Sabina, Miguel Ríos and Benjamín Prado, son of Luis and Elisa… each of them a different Luis García Montero. “Aunque tú no lo sepas” highlights the many sides of a single character in the culture of our time.


Luis_Garcia_MonteroLuis García Montero

Born in Granada, in 1958. Professor in Spanish Literature. Among his books of poems, the following are worth mentioning: Y ahora ya eres dueño del Puente de Broklyn (1980), Tristia (in collaboration with Álvaro Salvador, 1982), El jardín extranjero (1983), Diario cómplice (1987), Las flores del frío (1991), Habitaciones separadas (1994), Completamente viernes (1998), La intimidad de la serpiente (2003), Vista cansada (2008) y Un invierno propio (2011). Awards presented: University of Granada Federico García Lorca Award (1980), Adonais Award (1982), Loewe Poetry Award (1993), National Poetry Award (1994), Critics Award (2003), Andalusian Critics Award (2008) and Latin American Poet Award (2010). He has been also awarded with the Andalusian Golden Medal and the University Mar del Plata mention as distinguished scholar and honorary professor. As an essayist, he has published El teatro medieval. Polémica de una inexistencia (1984), Poesía, cuartel de invierno (1987), ¿Por qué no es útil la literatura? (in collaboration with Antonio Muñoz Molina, 1993), Confesiones poéticas (1993), El realismo singular (1993), Aguas  territoriales (1996), Lecciones de poesía para niños inquietos (1999), El sexto día. Historia íntima de la poesía española (2000), Gigante y extraño. Las Rimas de Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (2001), Los dueños del vacío (2006), Inquietudes bárbaras (2008) and critical editions from Federico García Lorca (Poema del cante jondo, 1992), Rafael Alberti (Obras completas, 1988), Luis Rosales (El náufrago metódico, 2005) and Carlos Barral (Cuaderno de Metropolitano, 1997). He is also a non-poetry writer with a book of narrative prose: Luna del sur (1992) and some novels Impares, fila 13 (1996), written along with Felipe Benítez Reyes, Mañana no será lo que Dios quiera (2009), No me cuentes tu vida (2012) and Alguien dice tu nombre (2014)



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