CIUDADES / Segunda Jornada

Foto: ©Mireille Del Valle

Foto: ©Mireille Del Valle

GONZALO TRINIDAD VALTIERRA |

La ciudad se escribe.

I

Escribí farol antes de haber pensado en un farol particular. Ni siquiera podría decir que era un farol lo que pensaba, sino una bola luminosa, la yema de un pulgar iluminado apoyado en una pierna de acero. Pero la pierna no era pierna. No. Era más bien una muleta de hierro forjado, enmohecida. Era un pequeño ecosistema de musgo, óxido y unas cuantas barbas verdes que le crecían ahí donde se apoyaba en el suelo el pie de la muleta.

He ahí dicho farol. Como era una calle larga, calculé que tendría unos veinte faroles hasta donde mi visión me permitió distinguir.

Ahora vamos al segundo farol. Será el décimo noveno cuando usted venga en esta dirección.

II

Las ciudades se diferencian entre las que tienen y no bibliotecas. Alejandría fue la primera de las que tienen. De las que no, nunca sabremos cuál fue la primera. Quizás siempre existieron lugares donde algo parecido al hombre se reunía en torno a una fogata; pero una ciudad no lo es sin biblioteca, aunque tenga cien mil fuegos. Según los letrados el gran logro de Alejandría fue su biblioteca. Según yo el gran logro de la biblioteca fue Alejandría.

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Autorretrato

Autorretrato

Gonzalo Trinidad Valtierra / Ciudad de México, 1986

Escribo porque busco. No sé qué. Escribo aunque esto sea imposible: es querer decir antes que las palabras nos evadan. Es evadirme a mí mismo; como toda evasión, la escritura conlleva una persecución —una búsqueda histérica—. No sé qué. Una persecución circular: como un perro que persigue su propia cola que podría estar hecha de palabras. Amo la filosofía. Mi relación con ella es como con todas mis mujeres: disfuncional, interrumpida, voraz, pervertida…

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