Nostalgia de Odiseo

Nostalgia for Odysseus | Colección Vandalia / Fundación Jose Manuel Lara, 2012

Homer was a detailed chronicler of the heroic deeds of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, but he left only a brief outline of his wife, Penelope: a woman shut up in her room for twenty years, stitching and unstitching a shroud that was really an excuse to avoid giving up her husband for dead and choosing a replacement for the throne and the bridal bed.

This collection of poems recreates the story that the great Greek poet kept quiet. The tale of a wife abandoned in the prime of life, who grows older with each stitch she makes on her loom. A prisoner in her own palace besieged by young suitors, Penelope lives among memories, uncertainties and secret desires.

Now she loves Odysseus, now she yearns for him, now she invents him, now she hates him.  Her mind moves along the knife-edge of madness. Not her son, Telemachus, nor the wet nurse, the servants or her suitors really know what her face hides, the fears and desires that come to her in the darkness of her bedchamber. No one can read what she embroiders by day and unpicks by night. Penelope does not fight bloody battles or confront angry gods: hers is a titanic struggle to save Odysseus without losing herself.