Love, That Old Neon
(El amor, ese viejo neón)
Cult poet who is the primary influence on new Spanish poetry, Karmelo is the most recommended poet by artists, musicians, and young poets. His love poems are a viral sensation on the Internet, with a whole generation of fans. Karmelo and his poetry developed behind a bar, during his work hours as a waiter, and that experienced has tinged all his letters with a scent of cheap gin and sad dawns. He goes beyond the poetry of experience to go deep into a poetry of the uneventful, a poetry in the raw, and even a poetry of “disexperience,” of what didn’t happen, wasn’t experienced or wasn’t loved. He’s been accused of dirty realism, yet the austerity and sheer beauty of his language make him transcend the Bukowskian.