HAMBRE NUEVA - Carlos A. Colón Ruiz

HAMBRE NUEVA - Carlos A. Colón Ruiz

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Con voz clara y potente, Hambre nueva va retratando instantes del mundo del trabajo, de la familia, de la enferma ciudad; vidas marcadas por la incertidumbre constante y las generaciones de sueños rotos en una isla que es a la vez crucero y cárcel. En medio de la ruina y de la rutina, el hablante lírico contempla lo aparentemente irrelevante para extraer el sentido profundo de las cosas con amorosa minucia, pues, aunque parezca debatirse entre la desesperanza y la esperanza, triunfa lo segundo en este sorprendente poemario que aún apuesta a la posibilidad salvífica de la poesía, la solidaridad y la naturaleza. -Kattia Chico

Two hungers are at play in Carlos Colón Ruiz's New Hunger. One -the hunger to which the books owes its title -is the poet's own: the pulsating desire to quench an existential vacuum as he roams the aisles of  the supermarket he works in. A second hunger, however -not as new, and not as obvious -is also at play: the hunger of an ongoing routine, of an insurmountable dread, that threatens to swallow him whole. It is this secondary hunger, an ancestral hunger, if you will, that Carlos A. Colón Ruiz rebels against, verse by verse, with a hunger of his own. His poetry, then, becomes a bout of appetites. When he talks about a new hunger, thus, he talks, quite literally, about the poet's survival in a world that claims to have no need of him. -Luis B. Méndez Del Nido