14 sept. 2006

I've been reading a lot of poetry of a particular group of Spanish poets. Gamoneda, Casado, García Valdés, Suñén, Mestre. Poets who, seen from the outside seem to share a similar language. (Most are from Castilla-León.) But each very individual, with quite different styles, when seen from a position closer to the group. That is to say, the further away the perceiver is from the group, the more uniformity there will be. The closer one is to the group, the more the differences become evident. This is simply a universal law of perception, by which familiarity breeds greater differentiation.

I was never a good generalizer. Lumping always seemed lazier to me than splitting. And to the extent I do still lump, it is a function of laziness.