Reading club: “Poems at five” by Teresa Juan López

By Cristina Sampedro Villena

Despite the fact that I am not a big fan of poetry, I thought that this meeting could be a great opportunity to learn something new and different. Before the session, I read the poems we were sent by email in order to feel prepared. I didn´t understand anything, though.

Thus, there I was, in front of the computer, waiting for the connection while thinking: I have no idea what I am going to talk about with the rest of my reading club-mates. The meeting started as usual. Greetings between the attendants and an interesting introduction by the host of the session (AKA Fernando) about the expression “Flatten the curve”.

After that, Fernando introduced us to our especial guest: Teresa Juan López, a poet who lives in Valdemoro and who has just published “Poems at Five”, which is a bilingual poetry book (English-Spanish). From the very first moment she started to talk, I realised there was something magical about her voice and her way to express herself. Not to mention that her English was incredibly beautiful. She briefly related to us how she began to write poetry and how the title of her book was linked with that fact.

In addition to that, she commented us on her intentions regarding her poems, what feelings she would like to transmit to people when they read her poetry. I would like to point out a sentence she said: “in my poems, there is no pain, no fear and no needs. This is something we should be grateful for since we are surrounded by unpleasant situations due to the current pandemic.

Furthermore, we read aloud a selection of her work and expressed our opinion about it. My curiosity rose as she spoke about the connotation of each poem. She remarked that depending of your own mood, even the moment in which you were, the same poem could mean something totally different. And I found this statement most fascinating.

At the end of the session, we had the opportunity of listening to the author interpreting one of her poems. She performed it in an amazing way, accompanied by a beautiful music and I have to admit that was absolutely wonderful. In my view, the session couldn´t have finished better.

In a nutshell, we had a fantastic time and learnt about a different vision to understand life: from a poetess’ point of view.

If any of you are interested in visiting her website, you can go to https://mareas2.webnode.es/

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