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El Espejo - Carmen Aguirre's Search Of Vision Man
Sunday, October 12, 2014

With Celso Machado, in Nora Patrich's living room and her painting behind



This coming Wednesday Rosemary and I will be attending the opening of Carmen Aguirre’s solo performance work, Blue Box presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Granville Island Review Stage. In these days before that exciting prospect I will post an extensive blog with lots of stuff about this woman whom I know better than many people might suspect. She, Argentine artists Nora Patrich and Juan Manuel Sánchez and I sat at Patrich's kitchen many times, sipping an Argentine mate to discuss politics and the arts. Patrich and former husband Sánchez now, separated live in separate houses in Buenos Aires). Patrich shares a similar background with Aguirre. Patrich’s first husband became a desaparecido during the military repression in Argentina in the late 70s. Both women, are as passionately warm as can be in a city that to me with its cyan blue skies and cold tap-water are mimicked in coldness by its inhabitants. Sánchez and I often discussed that we were penguins living in the arctic.

While looking through my thick Aguirre files I found two sheets with two poems in Spanish. I assumed that Aguirre had written them 10 or more years ago. I called her, and at first she had no memory of them. Then she confessed she had written them about the mysterious “Vision Man” that is central to her Blue Box. She chased the man for years with no, it would seem, resolution. I have placed the poems here and I have chosen not to translate them. It is interesting to add that Aguirre never retained a copy of the poems.

As for any who might wonder how Blue Box would translate into Spanish (and particularly my Argentine Spanish) it is La Cajetilla Azul. A further investigation would lead you to figuring exactly why Linnaeus identified and named the sexual organs of a clam as he did. 

In the poem below, Woman, Aguirre writes:  Su boca no puede pronunciar rrrs. That Vision Man is unable to pronounce his rs is a hint that he might hail from Puerto Rico. They pronounce their place of origin as Pueltolico and call themselves pueltoliqueños.

Carmen Aguirre - Chilean Bomshell



El Espejo

Hombre

Hay un crucifijo colgado en su auto

Los parlantes sintonizan la melodía de un merengue

Ella usa pantalones de culebra

Una cadenita en la cintura y no tiene calzones



Toco los tambores sobre sus piernas

Miro a un barco moverse en el horizonte

Una estrella fugaz aterriza en las montañas



Beso la cara que se parece a la mía

Ella pertenece a la raza bronce

Como yo

Ella está arraigada en las Américas

Norte y Sur

Como yo



Tiene un crucifijo en su auto, dice que no es católica

Se mueve al son del merengue

Yo acompaño el ritmo de sus caderas

Su piel es de mi color

Sus labios llenos como los míos

Ella pertenece a la raza bronce

Como todos los míos



Entro su cuerpo de canela

Me reconozco en ella

Huele a un buen café negro

El crucifijo baila

Y aunque no somos católicos

Este es el momento más religioso de mis recuerdos



Mujer

El tiene una chaqueta de cuero negra

Aroma dulce de colonia

En sus dedos dos anillos de plata

Se mueve con el merengue

Siento que ha llegado a mi casa



Suelto mi cinturón de seguridad

Huelo la tranquilidad de la noche

El verde pasto brilla en la luz de la luna

Sus pómulos son como los míos



Me toma en sus brazos

Este hombre de tercera generación

El pertenece a la raza de bronce

Aunque el sur no lo conoce, sólo por conversación



Su boca no puede pronunciar rrrs

Pero su ritmo es como el mío

Brilla la oscuridad como el ambar

Su pasión tan grande como la mía



Es un hombre de tercera generación

Yo soy apenas de la primera

Sus ojos viajan hacia mí

Y yo siento que por fin

he llegado a mi casa, como el sol de la primavera



     

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3/27/16 - 4/3/16

4/3/16 - 4/10/16

4/10/16 - 4/17/16

4/17/16 - 4/24/16

4/24/16 - 5/1/16

5/1/16 - 5/8/16

5/8/16 - 5/15/16

5/15/16 - 5/22/16

5/22/16 - 5/29/16

5/29/16 - 6/5/16

6/5/16 - 6/12/16

6/12/16 - 6/19/16

6/19/16 - 6/26/16

6/26/16 - 7/3/16

7/3/16 - 7/10/16

7/10/16 - 7/17/16

7/17/16 - 7/24/16

7/24/16 - 7/31/16

7/31/16 - 8/7/16

8/7/16 - 8/14/16

8/14/16 - 8/21/16

8/21/16 - 8/28/16

8/28/16 - 9/4/16

9/4/16 - 9/11/16

9/11/16 - 9/18/16

9/18/16 - 9/25/16

9/25/16 - 10/2/16

10/2/16 - 10/9/16

10/9/16 - 10/16/16

10/16/16 - 10/23/16

10/23/16 - 10/30/16

10/30/16 - 11/6/16

11/6/16 - 11/13/16

11/13/16 - 11/20/16

11/20/16 - 11/27/16

11/27/16 - 12/4/16

12/4/16 - 12/11/16

12/11/16 - 12/18/16

12/18/16 - 12/25/16

12/25/16 - 1/1/17

1/1/17 - 1/8/17

1/8/17 - 1/15/17

1/15/17 - 1/22/17

1/22/17 - 1/29/17

1/29/17 - 2/5/17

2/5/17 - 2/12/17

2/12/17 - 2/19/17

2/19/17 - 2/26/17

2/26/17 - 3/5/17

3/5/17 - 3/12/17