MADRID – Canary Islander Jose Maria Millares Sall, who died in September 2009, was named Tuesday as the recipient of Spain’s National Poetry Prize for “Cuadernos 2000-2009,” which contains a selection of the poems he wrote in the last few years of his life.
Conferred by the Culture Ministry, the award is accompanied by a 20,000-euro ($29,200) cash prize and presented to the best work of poetry published in Spain in any of the Iberian nation’s official languages.
The panel of judges kept in mind “the extraordinary modernity” of the poetry of Millares, who began publishing in the 1940s, and “that today it fully maintains its vigor and its supremacy as innovative poetry.”
The brother of poet Agustin Millares and of painter Manolo Millares, Jose Maria Millares was 88 at the time of his death.
His niece Selena Millares, a professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid, said that bestowing the National Poetry Prize on her uncle constitutes “a very great act of poetic justice.” EFE
FONTE: Latin American Herald Tribune