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Juan Manuel Sánchez - Buenos Aires 1930 - October 5, 2016
Wednesday, October 05, 2016



With Linda


I have had many wonderful surrogate fathers in my life. I wrote about it here. Today the last of them died at age 86.

In many ways I feel as if I were on a long rail car accompanied by people behind me and to my side. The train is plowing through deep snow and I can see it falling on either side of the windows. The snow thins out and finally I arrive at the end of the line and find that my long rail car is empty and I am the only one on board. I step down at the station and in front of me is a mirror. I look into it and I see an old man.




I grieve for the loss of Juan Manuel Sánchez and I can only find solace that I spent a lot of time together with him in Buenos Aires in April. He was beginning to slip with his memory but he was alert enough that I cajoled him to draw a bit for me. This he did. As I said goodbye there was that smile with that slight downturn of a tango. I did not know then but I should have known.


With Julia


Thanks to Juan I am better person and maybe even an artist.

Juan Manuel Sánchez - The Essence of a Woman 
Juan Manuel Sánchez y su modelo

Limits - Jorge Luís Borges



There is a line of Verlaine that I will not be able to remember.

There is a street nearby that is widowed of my footsteps,

there is a mirror that has seen me for the last time,

there is a door that I have closed until the end of the world.

Among the books of my library (I am looking at them)

there is one that I will never open now.

This summer I will be fifty years old;

Death is wearing me away, relentless. 

With Marina



Límites

Hay una línea de Verlaine que no volveré a recordar.

Hay una calle próxima que está vedada a mis pasos,

hay un espejo que me ha visto por última vez,

hay una puerta que he cerrado hasta el fin del mundo.

Entre los libros de mi biblioteca (estoy viéndolos)

hay alguno que ya nunca abriré.

Este verano cumpliré cincuenta años;

La muerte me desgasta, incesante.

Jorge Luís Borges

 
Juan Manuel Sánchez & Nora Patrich



A few days before he died in a moment of poetic lucidity he told his former wife, Nora Patrich who was visiting him at this hospital bed:

Antes que vuele y vuele veni a verme. 

Before I fly and fly come and see me.



     

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12/4/16 - 12/11/16