19.11.11

Boston y la poesía especulativa



Me refiero a Bruce Boston, claro, uno de los poetas sci-fi o especulativos más interesantes actualmente. El subgénero casi se explica solo, aunque en la entrevista que encontré en Writing-World.com, Boston lo dice todo rápido y de manera contundente:

Mainstream and speculative poetry differ in subject matter and the stance of the poet. Mainstream poetry deals with the rendering and exploration of the here and now, reality as we know it, internal and external. The poet is often present in the poem as an "I" voice, explicitly or implicitly. Speculative poetry has more to do with imagination, the world of dreams and the world as it could be. The stance of the speculative poet is closer to that of a fiction writer. If an "I" voice appears in a speculative poem it is usually that of a fictional character rather than the author. Like speculative fiction, speculative poetry often poses and answers the question: "What if?"

Hay más. Boston no considera dicotómicos las formas racional e “inspiracional” de escribir poesía. Ambos caminos son válidos aunque distintos, y practica ambos en sus propias especificidades. Hay, además, un elemento crítico-utópico en la poesía especulativa; al responder a la pregunta "qué pasaría si…" es inevitable que el discurso poético –por más que se aleje de la poesía convencional en cuanto a la presencio del yo, al tema y a las formas tradicionales- colisione con la realidad tal como está constituida y aceptada. Y hay aún más; un vínculo con la música y los llamados “chops”, con reminiscencias zen:

Musicians I know sometimes talk about their "chops." "To have your chops" means that you have been playing a lot, and as a result, your technical skill with your instrument is at a peak. More than just a physical phenomenon, having your chops is also a state of mind. It can apply not only to playing a musical instrument but to any activity that involves an acquired skill: riding a bicycle, typing, playing chess, throwing pots, writing poetry. When I was playing lots of chess, I was a worthy opponent. Now, by comparison, I'm a duffer.
If I haven't written anything for weeks, the words and sentences come slowly at first, and many of them may be awkward. In contrast, if I spend days at a time writing, and rewriting, it all begins to flow more easily and naturally. Suddenly I've got my chops. What seemed like a rocky climb before becomes a relatively effortless flight.
If you spend most of your life working a full-time job that has nothing to do with writing, if you try to turn out a poem in a spare hour or two you have on the weekend, or before you go to sleep and get up for work the next morning, you are never going to get your chops.

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