"Those of us who have lived this time have resisted us"

Next Thursday the University of Girona will invest a doctor honoris causa Daffodil Comadira, one of the most respected and beloved artists in the country. His work is broad and diverse, but very recognizable: he has spent the last hundred years in the masters' walls of Catalan culture and from there he stands up.

Change, with experience, the way to create?

Lately they say that my poems are colder. Maybe they are formally stricter.

The cold holds Is culture a form of resistance?

I love autumn and winter. Intelligence. The understanding of things. I'm a bit Nordic. A friend of mine always said to me: you are an opponent of Luther. Those of us who have lived this time have resisted us. I do not know if the first ninecentists were difficult. They had the enthusiasm. I will speak a little about the speech for investiture. I will speak about two sonnets by Carner, written with forty years of difference. Tennis game, which is the illusion of a civilized country, i Loyal colorThat is the destruction, when it says: "I see the last monument in the demolition".

"Towards a shredder, / in another time flag". Are you pessimistic?

It will last for a few days. They call me sad, pessimistic …

I do not think so. Maybe seriously, but it is good, given the photo. You often speak about the language. "My sick tongue, my homeland," you say. Language is central to our culture.

From Verdaguer. But the care of language is a current and universal issue. The French are also very concerned. Those who had the pruritus of an exact language see that the words are also undone. Philosophers like Finkielkraut, Zemmour, say: I am conservative because, if not, we will run out of nothing. Why do not you keep it? Become worse? Look at the emoticons. It looks like ancient Egypt. Write with hieroglyphics. I hate you In addition, they are so ugly! You have to congratulate them and they put you in the drawing of a glass of wine or a flower. No, no, I'm about to write. I spoke to Teresa Cabré with the spelling reform. If you want to make a radical reform like the Italians, do it. Foix already asked. But Foix also said: "Who dares to scratch invisible walls in a hostile area?" If everything goes well, I would say: we are here! We are making a deep reform! But, the moment we live? I do not think it's time, just like the language, which is also lost. Recently, Carme Junyent said that so many years of immersion have never been used. You see it

Returning to Carner, does the Christian roots of our culture make us morally and therefore literary?

Carner is the referent as a poet, as a language and as an understanding of life. When he says: "There is no crown like grieving mourning" is a lesson of behavior. What a wonder Carner is full of grace. Learns to live

Nobody is coming?

I do not think so. There is the case of Pla, who is a prose master. Plan has written so much that half of it, if you pass it on to the sieve, may go through the eye. But if you are right, you will see visions.

I Rodoreda?

I have not come in so often. I love Foix, the most tender Foix. Eleven Christmas songs and a New Year's Eve It is a precious book. And if sonnets There are beautiful things and surrealistic poems, there are some that I do not understand, but there are fantastic images. What he wrote when Ferrater died is one of the most beautiful poems written in this country. The others do not interest me so much anymore.

We leave Verdaguer. You have helped a lot to restore it.

"Why Verdaguer?" I wrote, insulting Bloom once, who says, "Why Shakespeare?" The answer is: who else is there? Verdaguer goes in search of the soul of the language. There is a Christmas song that says: "They are white handles / small as they are, / are so small / have shaped the world." You say, is that this is Catalan! The touch And then, Canigó It is a beautiful poem. Atlantis I lose more, it's an eloquence, but the big Verdaguer are the last two books, To heaven and Flowers of Calvary. Within a few seconds, one could not speak of Verdaguer, a priest …

You write clear, strict and accurate poetry. When you paint, you do the same.

I did a body painting. When I was younger, I made some sculpture. I really like the picture. I love everything, in fact.

The kitchen

The stuffed squid that I like. The theater too. I am working on a new text. The theater is very complicated. I like it because your voice can be dissociated in different voices and you can embody yourself in a girl, even. Then there will be a feminist and will say that I have not understood, but I like it.

You can also do it in a novel.

But I do not have a long discursive imagination. I am more concise. The theater gives this. I am very passive, I like the theater of the word. I am a poet who writes poems to be said in a theater. I like personal voices.


I have a training, but I did not do it. Only letters


Many years ago First made of kitchen, with drawings. It seemed that it would not interest, but they became the book Master formulas. Then I did them Compositions of placethen I continued The newspaper and today I am at the now.

Have you become more political, more civilian?

Yes. We have all been involved. I still feel it on October 1st. It was very important. I think Now there is an aversion, I want to believe that we want to build something that is logical, I do not know if I believe too much … As Pep Nadal said: "before we were people and now we are a people." Now the thing is serious. We are faced with the freedom to decide. Where will it go, we will see it.