On Poetry and Culture Shock

Gabriel Celaya

I could have called the Pamphlet Effect “the Celaya effect”. I admire Celaya, his poetry and his ideas; the ones who make disasters are his disciples. He wrote this:

Maldigo la poesía concebida como un lujo
cultural por los neutrales
que, lavándose las manos, se desentienden y evaden.

I curse poetry understood as a luxury,
Culture in the hands of the neutrals,
Who look the other way, and get away, and flee.

He was defending the need of writing politically. Good for him.

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