Today marks the 94th anniversary of the death of the poet Luís Amado Carballo (Pontevedra May 2, 1901, September 3, 1927), one of the greatest renovators of Galician poetry of the early twentieth century, despite the fact that he died very young . A visionary poet who was able to mix the avant-garde and tradition, Amado Carballo was part of a group of creators that was a breath of enormous importance in Galician culture, which would be abruptly curtailed with the civil war and its derivations. Unfortunately, this rupture had great and painful consequences for Galician culture in general, since it would take him more than twenty years to reappear his head publicly.
Amado Carballo, Manuel Antonio and Álvaro Cunqueiro, among others, make up that prominent squad of Galician lyric from the early twentieth century, the seed of the extraordinary end-of-the-century and early-twenty-first century harvests that place Galicia in the forefront poetics.
I would like to bathe
in the warm lyricism
of a ray of sunshine.
“Candeloria” (Candlemas), taken from the book “Proel”, caught on in me as soon as I laid my eye on it. And the melody and the folk-rock treatment arose spontaneously. It is the theme of my last album “Popsía Vol. I” recorded with the fewest instruments: only four (drums, bass, electric guitar and tenor sax).
- CANDELORIA Fran Amil 3:16
In the cathedral of dawn
today the birds are getting married,
with clouds of snow and gold
the sky is decked out.
The day was anchored
in the soft estuary of the sky.
The red trees rise in the distance
like rosaries of incense.
The wedding lunch,
reddish, in the palm of the hand
of the early risers
it is already prepared in the valley.
Is playing through the field
his hurdy-gurdy watering
and he sings the wind in the farms
sound of the pines.
The field the brown mountains
wrap in rain coat
with the hyssop of the wet sun
gives them the nuptial blessing.
From the lazy hut
the live of the roosters go up
and at the party tonight
the field opens a moonlight.
Here you have an acoustic version of “Candeloria” to celebrate the anniversary of the poet’s death. Enjoy it.