We expect poetry to name the world as if it were for the first time. The countryside, the sucessive generations that live and work there, simultaneously dwell in the poetry of Valeria Meiller, nurtured by a calm acceptance of what it demands to cohexist with nature: Water troughs where the unwanted litter is drown, rabbit necks that need to break in order to skin the animals as an act of love, an ubiquitous 22 long rifle, cartriges and shotguns. I do not know another pastoral’s lyrism, both impassionate and mundane, that respons to Rilke’s intuition: “Beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror which we are barely able to endure, and it amazes us so, because it serenely disdains to destroy us”.
El mes raro
About the author
Was born in 1985 in Azul, Argentina. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. She published El recreo (2010), Prueba de soledad en el paisaje (2011, in co-authorship). She graduated in Literature at UBA and studied creative writing at NYU. This book had a previous version that was called Tilos (2011) and was published in Uruguay. Together with Lucas Mertehikian, she founded Dakota Editora in 2012 and currently works as an editor, critic and translator.