With Release of 'Rastros,' Mexican Poet Javier Sicilia Retires From Literary Work
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April 20, 2013

In June, 2012, Javier Sicilia extended an invitation to support and participate in the USA Peace Caravan. (YABASTANOMASANGRE)

MEXICO CITY - In January of 2014, the book of poems titled "Rastros" ("Traces") will be released in Spanish. It is a book the poet Javier Sicilia dedicated to his son, who died a victim of violence. With its publication, Javier Sicilia will permanently retire from literary work.

"A poet lives the language of his time, but when a tragedy of this nature happens, which touches the truly abominable, and so powerfully, the poet no longer has words sufficient to say it, because the language of everyday is degraded by the crime," declared the writer.

His voice breaking with emotion and a keen mix of feelings grounded in the day he lost his son, he added: "For me personally, faced with this tragedy and touching the ineffable to such an extent, I don't have enough language to express myself."

Sicilia said that with "Rastros", the title that he has now selected "because it is what's left of my poetic work", he closes the cycle that began in 1982.  However, he added that his work will remain  for posterity, to be known by new and future generations.

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