Happy birthday, Federico García Lorca! Here are some quotes from his writing.
“Only mystery allows us to live, only mystery.”
“A poet must be a Professor of the five bodily senses. To command the most perfect images, he must open doors of communication between all of the senses.”
“I will always be on the side of those who have nothing and who are not even allowed to enjoy the nothing they have in peace.”
“The artist, and particularly the poet, is always an anarchist in the best sense of the word. He must heed only the call that arises within him from three strong voices: the voice of death, with all its foreboding, the voice of love, and the voice of art.”
“As I have not worried to be born, I do not worry to die.”
“I’ve often lost myself, in order to find the burn that keeps everything awake.”
“Love is the kiss in the quiet nest while the leaves are trembling, mirrored in the water.”
“At the heart of all great art is an essential melancholy.”
John Madera is the author of Nervosities (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2024). His other fiction is published in Conjunctions, Salt Hill, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction is published in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, New York State Council on the Arts awardee John Madera lives in New York City, Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.