Ricardo Blanco is a version or translation of poet, novelist and translator Richard Gwyn. He grew up in Breconshire, Wales, and studied at the LSE and in countless bars, roadhouse cafés, dosshouses and A & E departments across Europe. He returned to his homeland with a different measure of sanity in 1990 and completed a PhD in Linguistics at Cardiff University, where he is now Director of the MA in Creative Writing. His books include The Colour of a Dog Running Away, Deep Hanging Out and The Vagabond’s Breakfast.
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Travel is often a matter of balancing a desire for control and a willingness to abandon that control when it serves no purpose. If one finds oneself in a place where timetables and commitments are loosely treated and made on the spur of the moment without too much forethought – well-meant but never likely, […]
Story I ask myself: why write poetry? And from some place in the mysterious forest (in that other story that I am trying in vain to write with this poem) the wolf replies moving his bushy tail Socratically: – The better to know you. Cuento Me pregunto: ¿Por qué escribo poesía? Y desde […]
She is talking about the violence in her country while peeling an orange these guys she says are not assassins they are artists of death they slit the throat (she gestures) and pull the tongue out front like so they call it the necktie.
The Tourist (A) is perturbed by the amount of dissembling he has to indulge in when confronted by awkward situations. He defines awkward situations as those times when he feels he cannot act freely, and is accommodating to someone else’s agenda rather than following his own. This happens, incidentally, much of the time, even when […]
On my second evening in Cartagena I take a stroll around the old walled city, which despite its colonial style and nostalgic elegance is sadly heading in the same direction as every other tourist destination in the developing world. The old triangular square that contained the slave market for over 200 years is now […]
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