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Josep Pedrals: “Poetry breaks patterns and is unconventional”

A novel in verse about adolescence, when innocence slips away and we begin to understand the mechanisms, often not very satisfying, of adult dynamics. This is what he did Joseph Pedrals (1979) in El joc del penjat, a bright and beautiful book inside and out published by Animallibros. In fact, this novel was commissioned by the publisher Jordi Martin y Lloret. that he needed a collection of poems by Josep Pedrals for Arca, a collection aimed at a young audience. But the author liked the game, and he turned the concept on its head by writing a novel in verse.

The author is very pleased with the result in his hands: “It was a coincidence of those beautiful ones, I just finished doing the Limits of Quim Porta. After such a dense, thick and thick book, I needed to do something like easy, very lyrical, less mental, and that’s when Jordi Martin entrusted me with a semi-poetic proposal for teenagers, I started thinking about it and it came out.” We are also speaking to him as the curator of the BCN Poesia Festival, which starts next Wednesday and runs until the 18th.

In El joc del penjat, which tells us the story, there is a boy whose name we do not know, but everything that shakes and surrounds him is at the stage of experiments and changes, during which sometimes the most difficult thing is to know yourself. And all this, this time Pedrals wrote deliberately simply. “I wanted to portray, I wanted to be a little realistic, I would say that this is a book in which I do costume breeze, like in others, sometimes things go wrong, everything could happen here, everything has a more realistic look. “, Pedrals says.

The fact of maintaining illusions about what is happening to us was a theme that Pedrals wanted to spread in this book: “More than teenagers complaining, I wanted to justify the illusion of that innocence when you still don’t know how things work. A bit of what happened to me when I was young, getting up thinking about what’s going to happen today, and when you’re older, it seems like you already know what’s going to happen, and if something doesn’t fit, we say shit. And I want to say that life flows because there are always first times.”

An added bonus of this book is that it is very easy to read, so it is very good for teen readers who want to get closer to poetry. “The book is very funny because it is a very thoughtful book, but very easy to read, and that was a problem because I tend to be super baroque, and here I wanted to do something in relatively simple language, without a lot of metaphors, metonyms… and that it was very fluid, so that you read it very quickly, so that the melody would captivate you, ”he claims. However, the feigned simplicity did not ignore the lexical richness and elegance of this poet’s style.

Proving that he is capable of being “simple” gave him a lot of pleasure and although it is a very narrative book, he could not avoid writing it in verse and this is “Pedral’s clause” because he is all he can, he does in verse. As for the title, it’s not that the author is bored with the game, he says he played it in school, but without further ado, it turns out that the game was “the perfect excuse to build the whole story.” hung has a violent ambiguity and appears in every chapter with different meanings.”

There are nine chapters in El joc del penjat, one for each element that forms the figure of a hanged man, whose head is depicted on the cover with a disturbing illustration by David de las Heras, who illustrated the book with allegorical landscapes from the life of the characters.

Josep Pedrals devotes his life to poetry, be it writing, distributing, researching or reciting, and he visits teenagers quite often, as visiting high school to introduce them to poetry while playing is one of his activities. “Something very strange is happening with teenagers: by nature they are against it, and it should not seem that they are listening to you, and sometimes you can find yourself in a very strange situation, and they really like it, but it seems that they no, but it also happens that when you start, they are delighted with life, ”he argues.

He admits that high school often allows him to “communicate face-to-face, and teachers can’t do that to maintain status. poetry needs us to do it when it’s wrong, when we’re not expected to be poetry. If you’re taking an exam and want to write a poem, great. That’s the beauty of poetry.”

Encourage reading aloud

As for how to promote reading among young people, now that the Generalitat has launched a serious work plan on this issue, he assures that he has no formula, but it requires something that he considers fundamental: reading aloud. “If people go to events where people read, it will help people read better, and if you learn to read aloud well, you will end up enjoying it. Reading aloud is a whole world in which you can use a lot“, assures this writer, who thinks of literature as something to share.

And the thing is, Pedrals is a social being who has a week full of solo performances, a house full of pens and notebooks, because he likes to take notes, clean them up and think carefully about ideas, which he then turns into poetry. These days the notes are taken by John Le Carré, an author who hasn’t read yet and seems to be very good.


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