13th Claudio Rodríguez International Poetry Award 2020
Un mar de nombre impronunciable (A Sea with an Unpronounceable Name), by José María Paz Gago, is the winner of the 13th Claudio Rodríguez International Poetry Award 2020, edited by the Florián de Ocampo Institute of Zamoran Studies (Provincial Council of Zamora) in cooperation with Hiperión Publishing House. Book launch: Friday June 18, 2021, 07:30 p.m., at the Provincial Council of Zamora (Viriato Square).

The central core of A Sea with an Unpronounceable Name is the sea and it belongs to the genre of eco-poetry. Due to the pollution of the oceans, the author is forced to make us aware of the progressive damage they suffer. The sea is described both from the author’s pain and his emotion for the beauty that now seems to fade. In these verses, his poetic voice is full of social strength. Paz Gago portrays the disaster of the Prestige oil tanker, which devastated the Galician coast in 2002, and he combines it with images of other seas such as The Aegean. The book is a call for raising awareness to maintain the beauty of the sea intact and clean.

José María Paz Gago is a writer, cultural manager, and Professor of Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature (University of La Coruña). His research is focused on the study of the relationship between Literature and The Arts, and Technology, particularly the Show business, Cinema or Fashion. Poetry books: Manual para enamorar princesas (Handbook to make Princesses fall in Love) (2005), Guía de lugares inexistentes (Guide to Nonexisten Places) (2011), What(ts)appa. Piropoemas para mensajes de móvil (Whats(A)ppa: Piropoems for Mobile Texts) (2013), y Expulsión del paraíso. Poemario del Caribe (Expulsion from Paradise. Caribbean Poetry) (2018, Premio Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer). Obras académicas: La recepción del poema. Pragmática del texto poético (The Wonderful Machine. Technology and Art in Don Quixote) (1999), La máquina maravillosa. Tecnología y arte en el Quijote (2006) y El Octavo Arte.  La moda en la sociedad contemporánea (The Eighth Art. Fashion in Contemporary Society) (2016).

The jury member nominating the Poetry Award were Antonio Colinas Lobato, poet, novelist, critic, and translator; Luis Jarcía Jambrina, Professor at the University of Salamanca, writer, and literacy critic; Jesús Losada Vaquero, poet, translator, teacher, and Ph. D. in Literature; Jesús Munárriz Peralta, poet, translator and manager of Hiperión Publishing House, and Emilio Sola Castaño, writer and Professor Emeritus at the University of Alcalá de Henares.


Claudio Rodríguez, Antología para jóvenes (Selected Poems for Young People), edition and epilogue by Luis Ramos de la Torre and Fernando Martos Parra, cover illustration by Alma Domingo, 1st edition, Madrid, Bartleby Editores (Poetry), 2020. ISBN: 978-84-120132-9-0.

At a very young age, Claudio began to write an essential book whose structure was that of a single and highly revealing poem. He showed the book to all his friends and fellow-writers, and they all immediately noticed its value and relevance. When he was 19 years old, he decided to submit the book, whose title was Gift of Inebriation, to a mayor poetry award. Thus, he won the Adonais Award, which was one of the most prestigious poetry contests at that time. Suddenly, he began and adventure that has been cataloged as the poetic journey of one of the best writers of the Spanish 20th century. Mentioning Claudio Rodríguez means talking about a young poet, a poet of light, a walking poet, and, above all, a poet for whom love and joy are two key concepts that rejuvenate his poetry and make it forever current. Luis Ramos de la Torre and Fernando Martos Parra made an accurate selection of poems and wrote an enlightening epilogue aimed to young people and, consequently, to all readers. Bartleby publishing prepared a careful pocket edition including a generous typography that invites its reading. The illustration of the cover, by Alma Domingo, encourages one to glance and read the book. The edition was possible thanks to the Provincial Council of Zamora and the Claudio Rodríguez Permanent Seminar.


Aventura, 7. Revista del Seminario Permanente Claudio Rodríguez, edition sponsored by Fundación Caja Rural. Design (JAUS) Comunicación, Delaiglesia Impresores, Zamora, 2020, ISSN: 1886-3663.

The journal collects the lectures given at the 8th Conference on Claudio Rodríguez: Time and Legend (Zamora, November 7-9, 2019) on his latest book Almost a Legend (1991). It includes lectures by Miguel Casado, Natalia Carbajosa, Josep María Esquirol, and David Pujante; papers on the conference’s topic; commented reading of poems by María do Cebreiro and Esperanza Ortega; a performance by Tirso Priscilo Valdecillos; the exhibition From Dawn to Stone. Claudio Rodríguez, Almost a Legend (2019); unpublished texts by Claudio Rodríguez on Bécquer and Antonio Machado; book launches, and news.

Exemplary price nº 7: 15 €. Collection no. 1-6: 42 €. For orders of this number and previous ones, they should be directed to:


Claudio Rodríguez, Canto del caminar ( Song of Walking), Poetry, Madrid, Vitrubio Publishing, 2019, Colección Baños del Carmen 800, ISBN: 978-84-121041-3-4.

This publishing house tried to make the issue 800 of its largest collection coincide with the publication of Claudio Rodríguez’ oeuvre, as has already been done with other great poets. It is widely known that Claudio Rodríguez’s poetry includes five books published from 1953 to 1991. The title –Song of Walking—is taken from a poem included in Gift of Inebriation and joins two actions –singing and walking— that constitute the foundations of his poetry. The book also includes eight poems that had already appeared in Lateral Poems (García Jambrina’s edition). These poems complete the poet’s universe with several modulations showing that singular condition Rodríguez had to transform poetry into the great adventure of his existence. This unique edition has been reviewed by the Claudio Rodríguez Permanent Seminar.


José Luis Rey, Brujas al mediodía, anotaciones a la poesía de Claudio Rodríguez Rodríguez (Witches at Midday, Annotations to the Poetry of Claudio Rodríguez), 1st edition, Córdoba, Berenice, 219, 253 p. (Essay). ISBN: 978.84-17797-20-1.

This book explores Claudio Rodríguez’s oeuvre, which is always alive, and which will always be as long as language lasts. From the first and passionate Claudio to the lucid and resilient one just before dying, all his poems are analyzed here. José Luis Rey, already a renowned poet, has read Rodríguez’s poems through the lens his own ones. Firstly, Rodríguez seemed to him a rural and peasant whose poetry was too simple. However, according to his author, this book shows how wrong he was. Simple poetry, in the hands of someone like Claudio Rodríguez, is also the deepest, but clarity –which comes from the sky and is a gift—sometimes does not allow to appreciate its depth.

José Luis Rey (Puente Genil, Córdoba, 1973) is a poet, translator and literacy critic who has received the following awards: Gerardo Diego International Research Award, Gil de Biedma International Poetry Award, Loewe Poetry Award, and The City of Melilla International Poetry Award.


Gonzalo Suárez, La musa intrusa (The Intrusive Muse), 1st Edition, Barcelona, Random House Mondadori, 2019, 175 p., (Random House Literature). ISBN 978-84-397-3578-6

After a few years in silence, Gonzalo Suárez provides us with another of his memorable literary works. It is a book where a series of autobiographical texts conform a kind of portrait of the remarkable filmmaker and writer. It is a nouvelle of pure fiction that proposes a rereading of Hamlet, where the doubt about whether the characters will be able to change their destinies, dictated some years ago, remains. In this book, life and dreams, reflections, and the most intimate memories transit through autobiographical anecdotes full of humor, before the most intrusive of the muses opens the door to an immortal story. Gonzalo Suárez (Oviedo, 1934-) has received many important national and international awards for his unusual and absolutely free literacy and cinematographic work. He arouses the passionate interest of readers and remarkable filmmakers and writers.

In the chapter, “É pericoloso sporgersi y el robo de l´ Orangerie, fútbol a ras de mesa, abajo el telón en un mundo mágico y en un país de mierda” (p. 31), he portrays the beginning of his magical friendship with Claudio Rodríguez at the University of Madrid at the age of seventeen.


Claudio Rodríguez, Sem epitáfio, uma antología, Traduçâo de Miguel Filipe Mochila, Selecçâo de Sergio García García, Lisboa, Lingua morta, 2018, 352 p. D.L. 451051/19.

This bilingual anthology, the second and the most complete of Claudio Rodríguez’s compilations published in Portugal, combines the work of his translator, Miguel Filipe Mochila, who has also translated into Portuguese the voices of Blas de Otero or Ángel González, and Sergio García, who is a specialist in Rodriguez’s poetry, and in charge, in this case, of the selection of poems containing the best known and most representative of his work.

The introductory study places the poet within his generation and traces the mark left on his poems by several life events, depicting a journey through the most outstanding topics of his writing (orphanhood, childhood, the city, the Castilian countryside, love…) based on specific data included in his biography. Instead of including footnotes, an appendix for the Portuguese reader to access those contextual references necessary for certain poems is provided.


Rodolfo Häsler, Lengua de lobo (Wolf’s Tongue), 13th Claudio Rodríguez International Poetry Award, Madrid, Hiperión, 2019, 80 p. (Hiperión Poetry, 747). ISBN: 978-84-9002-137-8.

Rodolfo Häsler, born in Santiago de Cuba in 1958, studied Arts at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and lives in Barcelona. He is the author of other six collections of poems –six of them are published in Spain and two of them in Latin America— and appears in various poetic anthologies. He is also the author of Poemas de arena (Poems of Sand), Tratado de licantropía (Treaty of Licantrophy), Poemas de la Rue de Zurich (Poems of the Rue of Zurich), and Paisaje. Tiempo azul (Landscape, Blue Time). Häsler has translated the poetry of the German poet Novalis and was the chief editor of the journal Poesía 080 Barcelona.

Wolf’s Tongue is a poetic work written in free verse, made up of memories, conversations, trips, moments of his childhood in Cuba –where he lived until he was 10 years old— and also stories about his father, who was a painter, and his perspective of the urban landscape and the symbology of art. The contest, convened by the Florián de Ocampo Institute Zamoran of Studies and sponsored by the Provincial Council of Zamora, holds its twelfth edition. In addition to the financial award (6.000 €), the award-winning work has been published by Hiperión Publishing House.


Claudio Rodríguez, Don y Aventura [Antología poética] (Gift and Adventure [Poetic Anthology]), edited by Sergio García García and Manuel López Azorín. Madrid, Eirene, 2019. ISBN: 978-84-943734-8-0.

In Don y Aventura [Antología poética], edited by Sergio García García and Manuel López Azorín, make a journey through Claudio Rodríguez’s poetry. Such journey combines his work and life from the simplicity of existence. This is something his editors face after learning about certain vital aspects reflected in different poems. In this study, the reading is broadened and three appendices are included: a selection of the so-called “lateral poems”, poems paying homage to Vicente Aleixandre, Blas de Otero or Antonio Machado, or even the poet himself talking about his oeuvre and his life.


Aventura, 6, Revista del Seminario Permanente Claudio Rodríguez [biennial], Zamora, edition sponsored by Fundación Caja Rural. Design [JAUS Comunicación], Delaiglesia Impresores, 2018, ISSN: 1886-3663.

The journal collects the lectures given at the 7th Conference on Claudio Rodríguez: Science, Mattter and Poetry, held at the Public Library in Zamora, from November 16th to 18th, 2018. The aim of the conference was to analyze the relationship between science, poetry, and matter, given the space such relationship always occupied in the interest of the poet towards both the scientific world and the presence of that illuminated matter encapsulated in some of his poems. A few thinkers and scientists collaborate in this volume such as Carlos García Gual, José Manuel Sánchez Ron, and Amelia Gamoneda. The creative part was represented by María Sánchez and María Ángeles Pérez López, being both poets who incluide their particular point of view of the material world in their poetry. Papers by Pietro Taravacci, José Manuel de la Huerga, María Termes, Candela Salgado and the DARt group. Book launches by Philip Silver, Luis Ramos de la Torre, and Pietro Taravacci.

Exemplary price nº 6: 15 €. Collection no. 1-5: 35 €. For orders of this number and previous ones, they should be directed to:


Luis Ramos de la Torre, The Sacrament of the Matter (Poetry and Salvation in Claudio Rodríguez) The Sacrament of the Matter (Poetry and Salvation in Claudio Rodríguez), Piediciones 2017, 376 p. ISBN; 978-84-947231-3-1.

The following essay, written by Luis Ramos, is focused on the presence of song and salvation in Claudio Rodríguez’s poetry. The topics are studied from the effect and importance of love and matter as fundamental concepts to understand the lines defining Rodríguez’s poetry. Starting from the important of the concrete man, prior to that of the poet, as well as from the ethics that conform a poetic anthropology of profound participation in the world that surrounds him, Ramos analyzes –book by book and though a series of auxiliary concepts appearing in several periods of the poet’s life— the philosophical, human, artistic, and literary key that make up Rodríguez’s essential poetry.


Claudio Rodríguez en Radio Exterior de España (RTVE). The section, “Memorias del ayer” (Remembering Yesterday) of the Program “Punto de Enlace” (Focal Point) of Radio Exterior de España (RTVE), broadcast yesterday a large and well-documented review on Claudio Rodríguez’s life and oeuvre on the commemoration, on July 22, of the eighteenth anniversary of the poet’s death. No doubt this is an essential document.



Claudio Rodríguez, Antología poética (Poetic Anthololgy), foreword and selection by Philip W. Silver, Madrid, Alianza Editorial, 2017. 282 p. (Pocket Book, Literature 172). ISBN: 978-84-9104-707-0.

In this collection, the most significant poems of his short but splendid works are gathered –Gift of Inebriation (19539, Conjurings (1958), Alliance and Condemnation (1965), The Flight of Celebration (1976) and Almost a Legend (1991)— including the 34 poems that, according to the author, should always appear in his complete works. The splendid introduction by Philip Silver, a close friend of the poet’s and one of the greatest connoisseurs of his oeuvre, illuminates his main axes and provides an excellent content for reading.


Claudio Rodríguez, a “Poet Laureate” in the New University Entrance Examinations of Castile and Leon.
At the beginning of April, the Council of Castile and Leon, through the organizational working group of the University Entrance Examinations, in which the technical managers of Literature both at University and High School participate, has decided that Claudio Rodríguez (Zamora, 1934 – Madrid, 1999) is the outstanding author of the theme “Poetry from 1939 to 1975. Claudio Rodríguez” during the 2017-2018 academic year. The Claudio Rodríguez Permanent Seminar wishes to express the satisfaction with this news, as all the members have spent years requesting that Claudio have more presence in Secondary Education textbooks. Besides, they all consider that this decision may be the definite impulse to achieve the dissemination of his work among young people, thus fostering their interest in reading and good literature. The Seminar also intends that both its Website and Social Networks:, y are a reliable, dynamic, and attractive source of information and a resource of interest for University Entrance Examination students in Castile and Leon.


Claudio Rodríguez on Social Media
The Claudio Rodríguez Permanent Seminar wishes to be present on Social Media and has launched a “transmedia” project which is initially revolved around Facebook and Twitter. However, such project will soon be extended to Youtube and Ivoox. Our Facebook profile facilitates the transmission of all kinds of information to young readers and adults interested in the figure of Claudio Rodríguez in a dynamic way. Due to its features, it is used a reference for the rest of Social Networks and to distribute photographic and written material. Moreover, the permanence of its contents turns this page into a valuable documentary archive: The Claudio Rodríguez Permanent Seminar Twitter Profile SPClaudioRodriguez, due to the immediacy and reach this Social Network allows, is already being used to provide news about the Seminar and to encourage the exchange references and concise opinions. On Youtube, there is a large amount of audiovisual material about the poet, but its scattered and unscreened. Our intention is to offer, shortly, all this material in a clear way, available in a single account, as well as to provide new content. Lastly, Ivoox is a sound material distribution network. Here, there will be room for Claudio Rodríguez’s original recordings, as well as musical poems or recited by other people.



Since June 2016, The Contemporary Poetry Web Portal in the Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library, University of Alicante, has a page dedicated to the poet Claudio Rodríguez. The Web Portal is managed by Professor and critic Ángel L. Prieto de Paula, and the page on the poet has been created by Fernando Yubero, a specialist in Claudio Rodríguez’s poetry. No doubt the Web Portal is one of the most relevant and reliable sources on contemporary Spanish poetry that can be found on the web today. The Webpage on Claudio Rodríguez consists of several sections: a critical semblance in which the most significant aspects of his personality and work are highlighted, an extensive collection of poems, an exhaustive bibliography, and a selection of visual materials containing videos and photographs. The page is annually updated:



On December 19, 2016, the jury of the 11th Claudio Rodríguez International Poetry Award agreed to give he award to María Valeria Correa Fiz for her work El invierno a deshoras (Winter after Hours). The author was born in Rosario (Argentina). Currently, she teaches creative writings workshops at the Cervantes Institute in Milan and in the seminar by the writer Clara Obligado. She has published La condición animal (The Animal Condition), (Páginas de espuma, 2017), and Album oscuro (Dark Album) (second place in Manuel del Cabral Poetry Award), Baile del sol (Dance of the Sun), 2017. Jury members were Antonio Colinas, Luis García Jambrina, Jesús Losada, Jesús Munárriz, Emilio Sola Castaño, Blas Leal Delgado, and Pedro García Álvarez. This award is convened every two years by the Florián de Ocampo Institute of Zamoran Studies with the sponsorship of the Provincial Council of Zamora. It is endowed with 6.000 € and the publication of the award-winning work by Hiperión Publishing House.


The Florián de Ocampo Institute of Zamoran Studies announces the 11th Claudio Rodríguez International Poetry Award sponsored by the Provincial Council of Zamora. This biennial award is endowed with 6.000 € and publication of the award-winning work by Hiperión Publishing House. The deadline for admissions of original and unpublished poems is October 31, 2016.

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Aventura, 5. Revista del Seminario Permanente Claudio Rodríguez, [bienal], Zamora, the Florián de Ocampo Institute of Zamoran Studies, Design: [JAUS Comunicación], Delaiglesia Impresores, 2016. ISSN: 1886-3663

The journal collects the lectures given at the 6th Conference on Claudio Rodríguez. Music and Poetry, held at the Public Library of Zamora from May 7 to 9, 2015. The aim of the conference was to analyze the relationship between music and poetry. To that end, musicians, thinkers, and poets concerned with understanding the revealing intersection between the two were summoned. We can affirm, as Claudio pointed out, that what is at stake is looking for the sounds and the personal rhythm, since “without personal rhythm there is no poetry”. Collaborators in this issue: Luis de Pablo, Santiago Auserón, Mauricio Sotelo, Jorge Rodríguez Padrón, Ildefonso Rodríguez, Phillip Silver, Ángel L. Prieto de Paula, and members of the Claudio Rodríguez Permanent Seminar. The journal also includes news of interest; a review of the latest translations into English and Italian; other publications; the Literary Route of Claudio Rodríguez through Zamora; the Claudio Rodríguez International Poetry Award of the Florián de Ocampo Institute of Zamoran Studies, and the documentation center of the Public Library of Zamora.


Pietro Taravacci, Donno dell’ebbrezza (author’s preface and translation). Passigli Editori, collection "Passigli Poesia”, Firenze, 2015, 96 p.

Claudio Rodríguez’s oeuvre is still of interest in Italy. Now Pietro Taravacci, Professor at the University of Trento, has just published the translation of Gift of Inebriation which is preceded by an illuminating foreword full of the emotional charge that always involves discovering the power of Claudio Rodríguez’s poetry. Previously, Professor Taravacci had published, in the first volume of TICONTRETeoria Testo Traduzione journal, April, 2014, together with a significant text, a preview of the aforementioned translation. In that text, the relevance of the first book by the poet from Zamora was already accurately explained. After alluding to the “never predictable” experience of the poetic word and a singular attention to “the world of things” that in Claudio occurs beyond a realism current in Spanish poetry, Professor Taravacci condenses successfully –and then the translated edition of the work itself— the foundations of Gift of Inebriation in three essential axes of Claudio Rodríguez’s poetry: a surprising semantic density, a coherent spiritual tension, and compositional mastery. From these axes, a feeling of amazement at the natural world is produced in this book, which is gradually tinged with the ambiguity that fills Gift of Inebriation with rhetorical questions revealing the stupor of that ontological disorientation included in Claudio Rodriguez’s books.


Miguel Sánchez Robles, Las palabras oscuras (Dark Words), Madrid, Hiperión, the Florián de Ocampo Institute of Zamoran Studies, 2015, 70 p. ISBN: 978-84-9002-061-6.

Las palabras oscuras, Claudio Rodríguez International Poetry Award 2015, takes the reader on a poetic journey from existential despair towards enthusiasm and an optimistic view of life. However, the last poems remind us of everyday problems and deny a happy ending of vital difficulties. From a metrical point of view, the book is made up of poems with varied lines (heptasyllable, hendecasyllable, free…), but all of them with a mastery of rhythm that turns reading into a real pleasure for the mind and the ear (especially if recited aloud). The topics covered range from allusions to pop-culture characters (Alaska, Jorge Javier…) to profoundly scientific allusions (ekphrasis, cadmium, holographs, atoms). Naturally, depending on the subject matter, the style and words are correctly adjusted to achieve the acceptance of the reader and the astonishment of poetic language. Lastly, it is necessary to point out the permanent antithesis in theme, words and metrics and the subjective position of the author against reality. MIGUEL SÁNCHEZ ROBLES (Caravaca de la Cruz, 1975). Professor of Geography and History and writer. He has been bestowed the Gabriel Celaya, Blas de Otero, and Miguel Hernández Poetry Awards. His novel Corazones de cordero (Lamb’s Hearts) won the Javier Tomeo International Award and his essay El sentido del mundo (The Meaning of the World) won the Becerro Bengoa Award conferred by the Provincial Council of Álava.


Fernando Rodríguez de la Flor, Contra [post] modernos: tres lecturas intempestivas (disidencia, provincia, carencia): Miguel Espinosa, Claudio Rodríguez, Antonio Gamoneda (Against [Post] Modern: Three Untimely Readings (Disidence, Province, Lack): Miguel Espinosa, Claudio Rodríguez, Antonio Gamoneda), Cáceres, Impedimenta 2013, 273 p. (Little Treatises, 14). ISBN: 978-84-92865-51-2.

Three names: Miguel Espinosa, Claudio Rodríguez, and Antonio Gamoneda. And three untimely readings: dissidence, province and lack.
Untimely Readings. Indeed, this essay deals with a broad conceptual field where the present does not reign. Rather, the geography of the issues explored through these pages shows the relief achieved by a discursive elaboration around figures of thought that have lost interest, and of which some may think that are now completely obsolete.
The matrix where the work of these three authors is incubated, here gathered in a brotherhood that may seem weird, is the Hispanic underdevelopment, which acts as a life enclosure surrounding the intimate sphere of development of these unique symbolic producers, best of enemies of capitalism and the society of progress. Particularly when it has to adopt it last hedonistic, phantasmagorical phase; spectacular and hypertrophied. All this was rejected by our untimely writers, although each of them did it from a particular position.


Lucien Goethals (1931-2006), Integrale vocaal-instrumentale muziek [Recording], Gent, Vox Temporis Productions, 200- . 2 cd´. It includes Disc 2: “Shells”, Claudio Rodríguez. Performers: Lucienne van Deyck, Victoria Evtodieva, Robin Adams, Herwig de Weerdt; Ex Tempore, Spectre Ensemble, dirigido por Filip Rathé.

Lucien Goethals (Gante, 1931-2006). He began his artistic training in Argentina. He moved to Belgium in 1956. From the beginning, he was interested in electronic music. It is related to the l´Ínstitut de Psychoacoustique et de Musique Electronique (IPEM). He is a member of the musical group Spectra Ensemble. He has taught music analysis at the Ghent Conservatory. Through the composer Luis de Pablos, in 1966, Goethals writes to Claudio Rodríguez requesting his authorization to use the poem “Shells”, from Alliance and Condemnation, in a musical composition. It is a cantata for mezzo-soprano (he sings the poetic texts in Spanish), flute, clarinet, double bass, cello, and piano. It lasts ten minutes and belongs to the aesthetics of serialism.
Goethals has used the work of several Spanish writers in his musical compositions such as Cervantes, Rubén Darío or Federico García Lorca.


Claudio Rodríguez, Poesía completa (1953-1999) (Complete Poetry (1953-1999), Barcelona, Tusquets, Austral, 2014, 384 p., ISBN: 978-84-8383-974-4.

Reading his books brings us back the shudder of a pure poet and the verification of how his oeuvre reflects the stage of a bibliography: the enthusiasm and the pantheistic exaltation typical of his adolescence and youth in Gift of Inebriation, the integration of pain and suffering in his poetic work in Alliance and Condemnation, and his concern for the old age and death in Almost a Legend, his poetic testament. He is a visionary and an orphic poet, a poet of revelation who melts himself with the universe. In this sense, he is the singer of the primordial, whose verses are devoted to the cycle of life and to what the latest has of death and rebirth. The magic of his language seduces us with an astonishing rhythmic gait.


José Rodríguez Padrón, Fragmentos para Claudio Rodríguez (Fragments for Claudio Rodríguez), Madrid, Mercurio editorial, 2014,69 p., ISBN: 978-84-943203-7-8. After years of being devoted to literature in Spanish (especially poetry), the author is currently trying to elucidate the European poetic memory by reading authors who break the expressive cannon of reference.

The study is focused on inebriation. On the one hand, we believe we are honoring the initial book, which is so dazzling. On the other hand, we rely on the insistence with which the poet himself identifies poetry and inebriation. Inebriation, as the poet explains, in the sense of enthusiasm given by the Greeks: rapture and ecstasy, astonishment at both the existence and nature, “celebrating, as Claudio Rodríguez highlights, the fact of living here, on earth, with all its consequences.”.



On December 19th, 2014, the jury members of the 10th Claudio Rodríguez International Poetry Award agreed to give the award to Michel Sánchez Robles for his work Las palabras oscuras (Dark Words). The writer begins with verses written by another author with which he establishes a dialogue. Miguel Sánchez Robles (Caravaca de la Cruz, 1957) is a Professor of History and a writer. Previously, he had won several novel and poetry awards such as Fray Luis de León, Miguel Hernández, Gabriel Celaya, etc., and he was a finalist of the Athenaeum of Valladolid and the Torrente Ballester.

The jury members were Jesús Munárriz, Luis García Jambrina, Horacio Calles, Tomás Pierna Belloso, Emilio Sola Castaño, Blas Leal Delgado and Pedro García Álvarez. 292 collections of poems took part the competition. This award is convened every two years by the Florián de Ocampo Institute Zamoran of Studies with the sponsorship of the Provincial Council of Zamora. It is endowed with 6.000 € and the publication of the award-winning work by Hiperión Publishing House.


Philip Silver publishes his translation into English of Alliance and Condemnation, by Claudio Rodríguez –published in 1965, at the height of his poetic writing—, and it is an essential work. His poems are like parables intertwining the real and the ideal, as Spanish literature often does.

Philip Silver is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Columbia (USA) and a specialist in Spanish Literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. He is known for his books on Luis Cernuda, Ortega as a Phenomenologist: the Genesis of Meditations on Quixote and for his work Ruin and Restitution, a review of the theories of Spanish Romanticism. He has also edited a book of essays on Claudio Rodríguez, Rumoroso cauce, on Páginas de Espuma.

Alliance and Condemnation = Alianza y condena / Claudio Rodríguez; translated and with an introduction by Philip Silver, Chicago, Swan Isle Press, 2014



January 30, 2014.

Assembly Hall of the State Public Library.

7:00 p.m.: Presentation of volume 4 (2013) of the journal Aventura and the projects of the Claudio Rodríguez Permanent Seminar for the year 2014. Participants: Horacio Calles, Fernando Martos Parra, José Ignacio Primo, Luis Ramos de la Torre, and Tomás Sánchez Santiago.

8:00 p.m.: Lecture by Ángel Luis Prieto de Paula, Claudio con los grandes. Host: Tomás Sánchez Santiago.

Ángel L. Prieto de Paula (Ledesma, Salamanca, 1955-) is a Ph.D. in Philology and Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Alicante. He is an historian and a critic of poetry. He is also the author of numerous essays, translations and editions of classics and contemporaries. In addition to academic criticism in specialized journals, he has worked as journalistic critic in various media including ABC and the “Babelia” supplement of El País. Among his books dealing with Literature of the 20th century, we can mention: La llama y la ceniza (Introducción a la poesía de Claudio Rodríguez) (The Flame and the Ash (Introductio to the Poetry of Claudio Rodríguez), La lira de Arión (Arión’s Lyre), Claudio Rodríguez: visión y contemplación (Claudio Rodríguez: Vision and Contemplation), Musa del 68 (Muse of 68), De manantial sereno (Of Serene Spring), Azorín frente a Nietzsche (Azorín in front of Nietzsche), Manual de literatura española actual (con Mar Langa) (Manual of Current Spanish Literature (with Mar Langa)) and Poesía: textos y contextos (Poetry: Texts and Contexts).

Organized by The Claudio Rodríguez Permanent Seminar, the Florián de Ocampo Institute of Zamoran Studies and the State Public Library of Zamora.


Within the events held at Poet Claudio Rodríguez High School during the tenth anniversary of its inauguration, on April 26th, the writer Tomás Sánchez Santiago (Zamora, 1957-) gave a lecture to students and teachers entitled Claudio Rodríguez, entre la compañía y el adiós (Claudio Rodríguez, between Company and Goodbye). In his lecture, he exposed some of the constant key concepts in the poetry of Claudio Rodríguez. Particularly, two, apparently opposed, which make the poet fluctuate between the bond with the true root of things and the need to pass by them without stopping. A brief collection of poems supporting the content of that lecture has been edited in a modest format by the high school itself.

Tomás Sánchez Santiago: Claudio Rodríguez, Halfway between Company and Farewell. Zamora, IES Poeta Claudio Rodríguez, 2013. ISBN: 978-84-616-4850-4.


Aventura, 4. Revista del Seminario Permanente Claudio Rodríguez, [bienal], Zamora, the Florián de Ocampo Institute of Zamoran Studies, Design: [JAUS Comunicación], Delaiglesia Impresores, 2014. ISSN: 1886-3663.

The fourth volume includes the lectures and round tables of the Fifth Conference on Claudio Rodríguez (Zamora, November 29- December 1, 2013): Ángel Ruperez, Olvido García Valdés, Fermín Herrero, Ada Salas, Alberto Santamaría y José Ignacio Primo. It aslo included papers by Alberto Carpio, José María Castrillón, Celia Corrales Cañas, Jorge Fernández Gonzalo, Pedro Crespo Refoyo, Luis Ramos de la Torre, Fernando Martos Parra, and Julio Eguaras. Book launch of Michael Mudrovic’s book and collaboration of Jorge Riechmann. The journal includes an extensive report on the exhibition Claudio Rodríguez (1934-1999). Life and Work (exhibition room at the Public Library from November 29 to February 2, 2013).


Claudio Rodríguez: Antología poética (Poetic Anthology), edited by Ángel L. Prieto de Paula and Luis Bagué Quilez. Madrid, Rialp, 2013. (Adonáis 632-633), 228 pp. ISBN: 978-84-321-4247-5a

On many occasions, Claudio has been called “Poet of Adonais”, not only for having published his first selection of poems, but also for having been a jury member of the award for several decades, this way honoring the jury with is presence and decisions. Certainly, that fresh and unexpected breath of Gift of Inebriation joined the poet and the publishing house forever. As a contracted debt, now the critic and Professor Ángel L. Prieto de Paula, an expert in the poetic work of Claudio Rodríguez –to whom he has devoted studies and editions—, is in charge of this selection of poems. The priority stimulus of the selection –apart from an illuminating introductory essay signed by Prieto de Paula and the poet Luis Bagué Quílez— is the fact that these two scholars on Claudio’s oeuvre select his poems. In addition, the Adonáis Selection itself includes the torrential, exhortative or meditative voice of the poet from Zamora. According to the editors, the book is a magnificent project whose aim is to provide a comprehensive reading and sufficient knowledge of his work, that is, to make clear that special modulation of Claudio’s poetry. His five books are almost sacred. They are a true poetic Pentateuch that belong to all of us and even more from now onwards.


William Michel Mudrovic, Abrir nuevos caminos: la poética transgresiva de Claudio Rodríguez (Breaking New Ground: the Transgressive Poetics of Claudio Rodríguez), translated by Luis Ingelmo, Valladolid, University of Valladolid, and the Florián de Ocampo Institute of Zamoran Studies, 2012. (Literature, 81), 508 p. ISBN: 978-84-8448-712-8 (UVA) y 978-84-96100-68-8 (IZE).

The roots of Abrir nuevos caminos date back to 1972. However, the result of the entire process is capable of providing new perspectives on the poetry of Claudio Rodríguez. This study, subsequently revised boldly and rigorously by Professor Mudrovic, indeed breaks new ground, as Michael Mudrovic was one of the first to recognize a series of essential features of the poet’s work. These features were the following: the unity and trajectory inherent in each work, the organizing principle of the section of two poems in each poetry book, the abundance of cultural allusions the poems contain, the Heideggerian conception included in Rodríguez’s poetry, and the discovery of a gap in language Rodríguez exploits more than any other Spanish poet.
Two caveats that have influenced the composition of this study must be made. Firstly, the author did his research before the Internet became an everyday tool. Secondly, he had little time after the publication of Almost a Legend (1991) to analyze the most complex and recondite work of the poet before the original edition of Breaking New Ground was published in 1999.
Abrir nuevos caminos is offered now in an elegant and detailed Spanish translation by Luis Ingelmo, a member of the Claudio Rodríguez Permanent Seminar, to stimulate more comments among critics, more discussions among readers and more studies on who is often considered the best Spanish poet of the second half of the 20th century: Claudio Rodríguez.


“Memoria de Claudio” (“Remembrance of Claudio”), in José Manuel Caballero Bonal, Oficio de lector. Barcelona, Seix Barral, 2013. (Los tres mundos, essay), ISBN: 978-84-322-1009-9. p. 596-600.

J. M. Caballero Bonald is revealed in this study both as an exceptional reader and a great teacher to delve into the geniuses in the history of Literature. From Cervantes or Juan de la Cruz to Juan Ramón Jiménez or Gabriel Miró; from Góngora to Quevedo a Mallarmé or Kafka; from Juan Carlos Onetti or Álvaro Cunqueiro to Cesar Vallejo, José Ángel Valente or Claudio Rodríguez, the following pages collect a wide range of essays by hitherto scattered text and unpublished lectures. We can read about Claudio: “Thematic and stylistic contents make up a corpus that has not lost its validity and which is one of the most solid examples of exploration in the secret quarries of poetry carried out in our last half century” and he ends his text by adding: “From a remarkable metaphorical dynamism, Claudio Rodríguez modifies, enhances the perception of experience, bases a new code of meanings on its linguistic transfer. From there, a new authenticity arises that –according to Carlos Bousoño— flows from all his work, providing their poems with an independent identity. In the field of the Spanish poetry subsequent to Luis Rosales o Blas de Otero, and in the line of the best poets of the next generation –Valente, Barral, and Gamoneda— the figure of Claudio Rodríguez continues being a paradigm”.



The Claudio Rodríguez Permanent Seminar, in cooperation with the Public Library and the Institute of Zamoran Studies, organizes the Fifth Conference on the Influence of Claudio Rodríguez’s Poetry, which will take place in the assembly hall of the State Public Library of Zamora from November 29 to December 1.
Professors, poets, and scholars meet to discuss about both the influence and the resonance of Claudio Rodríguez’s Poetry, who is one of the deepest voices in the 20th century poetry.
Participants: Ángel Rúperez, Fermín Herrero, Ada Salas, Alberto Santamaría, and Olvido García Valdés.
There will be an open session for the presentation of papers on the topic proposed.
The Conference is sponsored by the Department for Culture, the Council of Castile and Leon, the Provincial Council of Zamora, and Zamora City Council. Collaborating: National Tourism Parador of Zamora and several universities requested to submit papers and to grant open credits.



On December 11, 2012, the jury members of the 9th Claudio Rodríguez International Poetry Award agreed to givethe award to Guillermo Molina Morales (Zaragoza, 1983- ) for his book poetry entitled Estado de Emergencia (State of Emergency). This award is convened every two years by the Florián de Ocampo Institute of Zamoran Studies with the sponsorship of the Provincial Council of Zamora. It is endowed with 6.000 € and the publication of the award-winning work. The jury members were Pedro García Álvarez, Luis García Jambrina, Jesús Munárriz Peralta, Jesús Losada Vaquero, Emilio Sola Castaño, and Miguel Gamazo Pelaz. This award is convened every two years by the Florián de Ocampo Institute of Zamoran Studies with the sponsorship of the Provincial Council of Zamora. It is endowed with 6.000 € and the publication of the award-winning work. State of Emergency was chosen among 292 collections of poems that took part in the competition.
Guillermo Molina Morales (Zaragoza, 1983- ) teaches Hispanic Language and Literature at the University of West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago). His latest book published is called Epilirica and won the 11th Antonio Carvajal International Poetry Award. His plays Plenty Amor (Trinidad, 2012) and No me toques los colones (Jamaica, 2011) have been performed. As a researcher in Literary Theory, he has worked on popular culture, humor and laughter, and the relationship between literature and power.


Campo de Agramante: Revista de Literatura, The Caballero Bonald Foundation, Jerez de la Frontera, 16, autumn-winter 2011. ISSN: 1578-2433.

The Caballero Bonald Foundation has just published the 16th volume of the journal Campo de Agramante, which pays homage to Claudio Rodríguez (1934-1999). Collaborators: José Manuel Caballero Bonald, Jorge Rodríguez Padrón, Luis Ramos de la Torre, Tomás Sánchez Santiago, Ángel L. Prieto de Paula, Natalia Carbajosa, José Manuel Rodríguez Tobal, Michael Mudrovic, Juan José Lanz, and Jesús Hernández. The journal includes original works by Claudio Rodríguez: Poeticsan excerpt from the speech on the Iberian-Americanoetry Award, 1993) and the poem “The Voice of the Palm Tree (Palm Sunday)” as well as some letters addressed to Claudio Rodríguez written by Gil de Biedma, Carlos Bousoño, José Ángel Valente, José María Castellet, and Francisco Brines.

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Aventura 3, Revista del Seminario Permanente Claudio Rodríguez. Zamora, [bienal], Zamora, the Florián de Ocampo Institute of Zamoran Studies, Design: [JAUS Comunicación], Delaiglesia Impresores 2011, ISSN: 1886-3663.

The journal collects the lectures given at the 4th Conference on Claudio Rodríguez. The Place of Utopia (Zamora, 25-27, november, 2010): Francisco Fernández Buey, Miguel Marinas, Bernardo Atxaga José Luis Viloria, and José Luis Pardo. The journal also contains a text written by Antonio García Berrio, the Claudio Rodríguez International Poetry Award 2010, and some short reviews on the latest publication on Claudio Rodríguez, his official Webpage, and the Documentation Centre at the Public Library of Zamora.

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Aventura Nº3


Laurence Breysse-Chanet has just been given the prestigious 2010 Nelly Sachs Award for his translation into French of Claudio Rodriguez’s Gift of Inebriation. This is the first translation of Claudio Rodríguez’s poetry into French, published by Éditions Arfuyen in 2008. A former student at the Normal Graduate School, Laurence Breysse-Chanet is Associate Professor of Spanish. Currently, she is working at the Institute of Iberian and Iberian-American Studies of the University of Paris. Her Doctoral Dissertation deals with the poetics of Manuel Altolaguirre and now she is working on Antonio Gamoneda. She has collaborated with the Claudio Rodríguez Permanent Seminar.

Don de lébrieté is the first poetry book by Claudio Rodríguez translated into French. It includes a full bio-bibliography. Antonio Gamoneda has written a foreword to pay homage to his friend Claudio Rodríguez.


On November 18, 2010, the jury member of the 8th Claudio Rodríguez International Poetry Award agreed to give the prize to Javier Asiáin (Pamplona, 1970- ) for his book poetry entitled El triunfo de Galatea (Galatea’s Triumph). This award is convened every two years by the Florián de Ocampo Institute of Zamoran Studies with the sponsorship of the Provincial Council of Zamora. It is endowed with 6.000 € and the publication of the award-winning work. The jury members were Luis García Jambrina, Jesús Munárriz, Emilio Sola, Jesús Losada, and Miguel Gamazo. Galatea’s Triump was chosen among 284 collections of poems that took part the competition from countries such as: Argentina, Australia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, Spain, USA, France, Honduras, England, Israel, Mexico, Nicaragua, Perú, Portugal, and Venezuela.

Javier Asiáin Urtasun has previously published: Efectos personales (Personal Effects) (Government of Navarra Ed. Pamplona 2002), Anatomía enferma (Sick Anatomy) (Cat. Young Art Award, Madrid Town Hall), Votos perpetuos (Perpetual Vows) (Ed. CELYA, Salamanca, 2006), Simulador de vuelo (Flight Simulator) (Ed. CELYA, Salamanca, 2007), Unidad de cuidados intensivos (Intensive Unit Care) (Government of Navarra). He has been awarded, among others, with The Award for Literary Creation of the Government of Navarra (2009) and the Fourth León Felipe Poetry Award (CELYA Ediciones, 2005).


The Claudio Rodríguez Permanent Seminar, in cooperation with the Florián de Ocampo Institute of Zamoran Studies and the State Public Library of Zamora, organizes the FOURTH CONFERENCE ON CLAUDIO RODRÍGUEZ: THE PLACE OF UTOPIA, which will be held in Zamora from November 25 to 27. Philosophers, poets, and essayists will participate in the conference to maintain an exchange of proposals around utopia and its sense in the poetry of Claudio Rodríguez. Such proposals will help to better unravel the scope of this aspiration to justice of the impossible, which has always been in the human heart.
Participants: Bernardo Atxaga, Francisco Fernández Buey, Miguel Marinas, José Luis Pardo y José Luis Viloria. Poetas invitados: Pablo García Baena, Eugenio Padorno, and Isabel Pérez Montalbán.
There will be two open sessions to present papers. The conference is sponsored by Zamora City Council, the General Directorate of Books, Archives and Libraries of the Department of Culture and the National Tourism Parador of Zamora. Several universities, to which open credits have been requested, collaborate: The Universities of Salamanca, Valladolid, León, Extremadura, Vigo, and the School of Teaching (Viriato Campus, Zamora).


The following book edited by Philip Silver, who also wrote the introduction, collects a series of essays in which each critic or reader writes about a poem. This is what is known in English as close reading. Philip Silver is a Professor at the University of Columbia and a friend of Claudio and a scholar his poetry. The book suggests twenty different of several poems by Claudio and invites readers to approach some texts that share the ambition of close readings. According to Silver, this was a laudable effort as Claudio never published, nor ever wrote a poem which was not perfection itself.

Four poets –Antonio Carvajal, Carlos Marzal, Luis Muñoz, and Ángel Rupérez— explain their affinity with Claudio Rodríguez’s poetry. The contemporary poet Ángel Valente composes some glosses in homage to Claudio Rodríguez. Collaborating: Fernando Yubero, Luis Muñoz, William Childers, Ernesto Estrella, Mikel Azurmendi, Gonzalo Sobejano, Juan José Lanz, Marta L. Miller, Covadonga López Alonso, Ángel Prieto de Paula, Luis García Jambrina, William M. Mudrovic, Miguel Casado, Gustav Siebenmann, and Jonathan Mayhew. The reader will be able to discover many of the different ways of approaching contemporary poetry.

Rumoroso cauce: nuevas lecturas sobre Claudio Rodríguez, edited by Philip Silver, Madrid, Páginas de Espuma, 2010, (Colección Voces / Essay), 363 p. ISBN: 978-84-8393-037-3.



The Florián de Ocampo Institute of Zamoran Studies, in cooperation with the Claudio Rodríguez Permanent Seminar, has edited a new version of the five books the poet published during his life. Thus, his complete poetry, corrected and revised, is presented here. The edition tries to make available to the 21st century reader in a careful and simple reference edition. The reader will be able to find himself alone with each tittle, as the critical apparatus has deliberately been dispensed with.
The books launch will take place at the Public Library of Zamora on December 11, 2009. To the event will attend Clara Miranda, Claudio Rodríguez’s wife, and Tomás Sánchez Santiago, a literary editor. The event will finish with a poetry reading by Secondary Education students at Zamoran high schools in a symbolic act to spread Claudio’s poets among the youngest.

Gift of Inebriation; Conjurings; Alliance and Condemnation; The Flight of Celebration; Almost a Legend. Zamora, The Florián de Ocampo Institute of Zamoran Studies, the Claudio Rodríguez Permanent Seminar, 2009, 5 vol. ISBN: 978-84-96100-53-7.

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The Cálamo Publishing House (Palencia) has just published a new edition of Alliance and Condemnation by Claudio Rodríguez to commemorate the tenth anniversary of his death. Cálamo Publishing House thus recovers one of the poet’s best books. It is a mature book and his favorite one. In the foreword, Luis García Jambrina highlights how the author faces the complex and sometimes nature of truth and reality. Therefore, he is able to write remarkable poems. In Jambrina’s view, this is one of the most relevant works of Spanish poetry of the 20th century. It took Rodríguez seven years to write the book. By that time, he was working as Lecturer in Spanish at the universities of Nottingham and Cambridge. It was published in 1965 for the first time and was awarded with the Critic Award.
Claudio Rodríguez, Alliance and Condemnation, forewordcolle by Luis García Jambrina. Palencia: Cálamo Ediciones, 2009, 106 p. (Cálamo Poetry). ISBN: 978-84-96932-51-7.



EUROPE, revue litteraire mensuelle has just published a new volume dedicated to Arthur Rimbaud (866, October, 2009). The journal includes and original text by Claudio Rodríguez, “Armoniosa locura”, dedicated to the celebration of Rimbaud’s centenary. Claudio wrote this text in 1992 (pp. 26-29). On this occasion, it has been translated into French by Laurence Breysse-Chanet.



The Cervantes Institute of Athens paid homage to Claudio Rodríguez on September 21st. The poets Tomás Sánchez Santiago and Juan Manuel Rodríguez Tobal, members of the Claudio Rodríguez Permanent Seminar, as well as the translator of Claudio Rodríguez into Greek, Efi Yanopoulu, participated in the tribute.
The tribute The Return to… the Celebration was published on Culturalcervantes on October 15, 2009.

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República de las Letras, journal of The Collegiate Association of Writers from Spain devotes a volume to Claudio Rodríguez (12, April, 2009). Collaborating: Andrés Sorel, General Editor of the journal, Antonio Gamoneda, Tomás Sánchez Santiago, Jorge Rodríguez Padrón, Ángel L. Prieto de Paula, Carmen Palomo, Fernando Martos Parra, Michael Mudrovic, Natalia Carbajosa, José Manuel Trabado, Laurence Breysse-Chanet, Ada Salas, Luis Ramos, Pedro Crespo Refoyo, Ángel Fernández Benéitez, José Manuel Diego, José María Muñoz Quirós, and Jesús Hilario Tundidor. The volume ends with some words written by Claudio Rodríguez in 1991 about Gift of Inebriation.

The volume deals with the poet’s life and oeuvre. It contains collaborations of different academic nature and personal resemblances which make the poet’s humanity closer. The launch took place in the State Public Library of Zamora on July 22, 2009, during the tenth anniversary of Rodríguez’s death.




Aventura. Revista del Seminario Permanente Claudio Rodríguez, [bienal], Zamora, the Florián de Ocampo Institute of Zamoran Studies, Design: [JAUS Comunicación], Delaiglesia Impresores, 2009. ISSN: 1886-3663.

This number was presented at the book fair (Zamora, June 3-7, 2009) and it collects the lectures of the 3rd Conference on Claudio Rodríguez: the Local and the Universal by Antonio Carvajal, Jaime Siles, José Luis Puerto, Fernando Rodríguez de la Flor, and Dionisio Cañas. It also includes an article written by Michael Mudrovic, a copy of the original letters from Claudio Rodríguez to Marcelino Velasco, the Webpage on Claudio Rodríguez, and the latest publications on the poet.

Aventura N.2

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