Dr. Alexander Selimov: Ventanas a otros cuerpos
Dr. Alexander Selimov. Ventanas a otros cuerpos. Madrid: Editorial Verbum, 2017. Alexander Selimov’s poetry oscillates, in this book, between crisis and the recovery of intimacy, between absence and presence, between the past and the present, between the “you” and the self, and between companionship and loneliness. In the opening movements, the sensual melody of the verse centers on feelings of loss, on scores with the past, on slow recovery of the presence of love and emotions. It demands a more invigorating life experience which enables us to understand the “I” from the perspective of the “You.” Many poems deal with the past and the present refering to an interlocutor: the poetic voice addresses the woman and discovers new details while describing, welcoming, thinking or talking with her. In the end, this lyrical narrator retreats into himself, into his own shadow, and draws conclusions coming to terms with what he was, what he is, what he has lived and what he is capable of receiving from the passage of time, to share it through tears, memories and forgetfulness. We are in the presence of one of the most authentic voices in the panorama of contemporary poetry in Spanish which, as an added merit, has fully integrated into a linguistic community and a cultural identity far removed from its origins. —Angel Esteban, University of Granada.