Multipoetry Krakow. Virgilio Cara
Between August 2014 and December 2015 the KraKow UNESCO City of Literature progamme organised a “multipoetry” project that involved the other UCCN Cities of Literature, furthering the network’s objectives for international cooperation. The project, titled Krakow Multipoetry, consists of the first few days of each month (with each day being allocated a different city, from the 1st to the 10th) being devoted to enabling the Cities of Literaqture to project poetry, in English and Polish, onto the walls of one of the best-known buildings in the city’s old quarter: the Potocki building on Bracka Street.
Granada joined the project in June 2015, with ten poets participating, from which Krakow chose seven before the project ended in December de 2015: Ioana Gruia, Ángeles Mora, Mónica Doña, Juan Carlos Friebe, Trinidad Gan, Erika Martínez and Virgilio Cara.
On 9 December 2015 a poem by Virgilio Cara was projected:
She’s just arrived in a new town.
Behind the window falls the night.
Unopened luggage. Lonely and sad,
amidst the beams of shades and light,
she keeps a secret, her head down.
Virgilio Cara (b. Granada, 1964), who holds a degree in Hispanic philology from the University of Granada, is a secondary-school teacher of Spanish language and literature. Between 1999 and 2005 he edited the literary journal Los papeles mojados de río seco, and in 2012–2013 he organised literary activities for the Casa Molino Ángel Ganivet and wrote the prologue for La luz humana (Tres aproximaciones a la obra de Ángel Ganivet (Granada Provincial Council, 2012), a compilation of lectures given over that period. He is currently coordinating and advising on the poetry collection O gato que ri for Entorno Gráfico. As a poet he has published books including Los años que pasé fingiendo (Granada Provincial Council, 1998; winner of the Genil Prize) and No he visto lo que he visto; Epistolario apócrifo (Hiperión, 2004; Antonio Machado Prize); and Región del desengaño (Point de Lunettes, 2009).