Antonio Martínez Sarrión
Martínez Sarrión was born in Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha, where he graduated with his baccalaureate in Law from the University of Murcia in 1961. In 1963 he went to live in Madrid, where he worked as a public official in the Central Administration. Between 1974 and 1976 he co-edited poetic Illustration and a poetry magazine, with Jesús Munárriz and José Esteban, the Spanish and Ibero-American.
He was included in the acclaimed anthology of the critic José María Castled Nueve Novísimos Poetas Españoles (Newest Ones New Spanish Poems), which consecrated him in the contemporary Spanish poetry.
Within the common anti-realist restlessness of the group of the newest ones, Martínez Sarrión stands out for his rebellious sixtyeightish that made him admire beat poetry and for assuming very soon many of the cultural, irrationalist, and mythical references (literature, cinema, jazz) that his fellows on the road would later adopt.
In his poetry, everything is mixed – the poet's quote, a conversation, a digression, a memory, a jazz song – in a way that realizes itself through the rupture of the syntactic forms.
The technique of his poetic work has always been compared with surrealism, which was, in fact, different: "the accumulation of images, apparently disconnected, comes from the will (...) to express chaos as it is lived. There is no work on the "free associations", but conscious dis-aggregation of logical associations, (...)" (Jenaro Talens in his foreword to El centro inaccessible...).
Another aspect of his work is occupied by memorialism. He published many articles and a trilogy of memories, which occupies his childhood years (Infancia y corrupciones, 1993); his university education (Una juventud, 1996) and his ascension to literary life. (Jazz y días de lluvia, 2002)
Martínez Sarrión was also a remarkable translator of French. He made one of the best Spanish versions of the Les fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil) by Charles Baudelaire, and also translated Victor Hugo's work "Lo que dice la boca de sombra y otros poemas" ("What the shadow mouth says and other poems"), Stendhal Translating Award in 1990. Other authors whose work he translated into Spanish are Jean Genet, Michel Leiris, Alfred de Musset, Nicolas Chamfort, Jacottet and Arthur Rimbaud.
He participated on several occasions as a collaborator in the Spanish TV show Qué grande es el cine (How great cinema is) in La 2 and Cine en blanco y negro (Cinema in black and white) in Telemadrid, both presented and moderated by José Luis Garci.
- Teatro de operaciones (Operations theatre), Carboneras de Guadazaón, El toro de barro, 1967.
- Pautas para conjurados (Guidelines for conspirators), B., Col. El Bardo, 1970.
- Ocho elegías con pie en versos antiguos, (Eight elegies with roots in ancient verses) Papeles Son Armadans, 64, 190 (1972), pp. 71–76.
- Una tromba mortal para los balleneros (Deadly downpour for the whale hunters), B., Lumen, 1975.
- Canción triste para una parva de heterodoxos, (Sad song for a heterodoxical group) Papeles de Son Armadans, 81, 242 (1976), pp. 157–162.
- El centro inaccessible. Poesía 1967-1980 (The inaccessible centre: Poetry 1967-1980), M., Hiperión, 1981 (with prologue of Jenaro Talens. Contains all his previous poetry books plus the unreleased El centro inaccessible).
- Horizonte desde la rada (Horizon from the stadium), M., Trieste, 1983.
- Sequías, (Droughts) M., Cuadernillos de Madrid, 1983.
- De acedia, (Of acedia) M., Hiperión, 1986.
- Ejercicio sobre Rilke, (Exercise over Rilke) Pamplona, Pamiela, 1988.
- Antología poética, (Poetic anthology) ed. Juan Carlos Gea, Albacete, Diputación, 1994.
- Cantil, Granada, Comares, 1995; Murcia, Nausíkaä, 2005.
- Cordura, (Sanity) B., Tusquets, 1999.
- Poeta en diwan, (Poet in diwan) Barcelona, Tusquets, 2004.
- Última fe (Antología poética 1965-1999) (Last faith: Poetic anthology 1965–1999), ed. Ángel L. Prieto de Paula, Madrid, Cátedra, 2005.
- Diario austral, (Austral diary) Madrid, Hiperión, 1987.
- La cera que arde, (The burning wax) Albacete, Diputación, 1990.
- Infancia y corrupciones: Memorias I, (Childhood and corruptions: Memories I) Madrid, Alfaguara, 1993.
- Cargar la suerte - Diarios 1968-1992, (Load the Luck - Diaries 1968-1992) Madrid, Alfaguara, 1994.
- Una juventud - Memorias II), (A youth - Memories II) Madrid, Alfaguara, 1996.
- Murcia: un perfil, (Murcia: a profile) Cuenca, Ediciones Artesanas, 1999.
- Esquirlas - Dietario 1993-1999, (Fragments - Diary 1993-1999) Madrid, Alfaguara, 2000.
- Jazz y días de lluvia - Memorias III), (Jazz and rainy days - Memories III) Madrid, Alfaguara, 2002.
- Clemente, Ángel (1 January 2014). "Simbolismo francés en la poesía de Antonio Martínez Sarrión". Revista de Filologia Romanica. 31 (2): 269–283. doi:10.5209/rev_RFRM.2014.v31.n2.51077. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
- Bello, Héctor Acebo (2018). "La ambigüedad en la metáfora de Antonio Martínez Sarrión". Moenia (in Spanish). Spain: University of Santiago de Compostela. pp. 253–281. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
- "Poeta En Diwan". www.goodreads.com. Goodreads. Retrieved 30 June 2020.