The streets of childhood, maternal love, the romances that mark. Through his verses, Luis Padilla offers an intimate window into his own life in ‘My Footprints on the Wet Sand’, the first collection of poems by the renowned Guayaquil composer.
The verses that make up the book were written throughout the life of the author and, when reviewing them to make the selection, he found more than 400.”For the recent Universal Congress of Hispanic-American Poetry we had to propose a literary project and I thought of this poems I had many texts, I always liked to write. It was difficult to choose, not only because of the amount, but also because they have great significance. Finally I selected fifty, “he explained.
The intimate character of the book was the axis that gave him, not only for the content of his verses, but for, as the title says, to capture an imprint that would remain in the collective imagination.
“I thought about what leaves one as an inheritance that lasts over time. I wanted to leave something of mine, and I feel that this book, when it reaches the public and is read, that little finger will be marked again in the sand,”he said.
Unlike the melodies that count in his wide repertoire, for Padilla, poetry requires concentration and dedication that music does not. Indicates that, at the time of writing songs, these sometimes arise naturally, within the everyday, but their verses require hours of work to comply with the metrics, use of images,and other style tools.
“For me, music is a much more imaginative process, poetry is more cerebral that does not depend on the muses”, but on a conscious exercise, “he stressed.
The yare not in chronological order, following their childhood and youth, but the lyric texts do have an order where it is perceived, the repetition of thematicaxes, such as eroticism, love and loss. This last cousin in the verses written to her mother.
“The death of my mom was very hard for me, and I would say that they are some of myfavorite poems. She was very special and I still feel her departure, “he confessed.
Of these, the most emotional is ‘Back to being a child’, a work that is based on anaphora to express nostalgia. “Tonight it hurts me so much / the thorn of living in agony / welcome me in your arms, my mother / and heals with my kissesmy brokenness”, these first verses say.
Padilla confesses as an avid reader and a lover of lyrical verse. Among his influence she quotes Walt Whitman, Baudelaire, and local authors such as Jorge Carrera Andrade, Medardo Angel Silva, Fernando Cazón Vera, who makes the prologue ofthis work.
For this love that keeps poetry is clear that after this first work will be several, but not necessarily verses from the collection kept at home. “I have a project for the future, but it is experimental, it is not about traditional verses, with the construction we know. I’m still planning and I think it will take at least a year, “he said.
Meanwhile,it will continue with several musical projects, among them a work for the bicentennial of the city. (I)