Sunday, April 18, 2010
"Within the vast ocean of poetry he identified various currents: fagots, queers, sissies, freaks, butches, fairies, nymphs, and philenes. But the two major currents were faggots and queers. Walt Whitman, for example, was a faggot poet. Pablo Neruda, a queer. William Blake was definitely a faggot. Octavio Paz was a queer. Borges was a philene, or in other words he might be a faggot one minute and simply asexual the next. Ruben Dario was a freak, in fact, the queen freak, the protoypical freak.
"'And in Latin America, how many true faggots do we find? Vallejo and Martin Adan. Period. New paragraph. Macedonia Fernandez, maybe? The rest are queers like Huidobro, fairies like Alfonso Cortes (although some of his poems are authentically fagotty), butches like Leon de Greiff, butch nymphs like Pablo de Rokha (with bursts of freakishness that would've driven Lacan crazy), sissies like Lezama Lima, a misguided reader of Gongora, and, along with Lezama, all the poets of the Cuban Revolution (Diego, Vitier, horrible Retamar, pathetic Guillen, inconsolable Fina Garcia) except for Rogelio Nogueras, who is a darling and a nymph with the spirit of a playful faggot. But moving on. In Nicaragua most poets are fairies like Coronel Urtecho or queers who wish they were philenes, like Ernesto Cardenal. The Mexican Contemporaries are queers too...'"
From Roberto Bolano's The Savage Detectives