MADRID, June 21 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The jury of the XXII. Gerardo Diego International Prize for Literary Research unanimously awarded the 2022 prize to Raúl Enrique Asencio for his work ‘Waiting. The poetry of José Jiménez Lozano‘.
The jury consisted of Francisco Javier Diez de Revenga (University of Murcia), Pilar Palomo Vázquez (Complutense University of Madrid), Pink Navarro Duran (University of Barcelona), Antonio Sanchez Trigueros (University of Granada) and Jose Luis Bernal Salgado (University of Extremadura).
“A complete and detailed analysis of the poetry of a late poet – Jiménez Lozano published his first anthology aged 62 in 1992 – widely recognized as an essayist and novelist, Cervantes Prize 2002, with an undeniable poetic power but little known despite his nine published collections of poetry”, pointed out Díez de Revenga, chairman of the jury.
“Jiménes Lozano was an original poet of enormous aesthetic quality, with intense poetry, with a variety of nuances and themes, of which it is worth emphasizing their philosophical and religious character” added.
The jury highlighted the author’s “very modern religious vision” — “his home in a town where he grew his vegetables and kept chickens was a place of freedom,” noted Pilar Palomo — and described it as “a rarity in the poetic panorama”.
He also emphasizes the joy of reading the winning work, “from which one likes to learn”. “Exciting. It shows a deep knowledge of the author, is very carefully and well written and perfectly weaves the analysis of Jiménez Lozano’s poetry with the rest of his work. It goes beyond academic work, it’s a calm and mature essay,” they hinted.
“The author has shown exquisite care in every detail, even in the titles of the epigraphs, suggestive and sonorous,” he pointed out. ‘Waiting’ is a study that “faces haughty” to a Catholic thinker from the same philosophical sources that fed the work of José Jiménez Lozano, who died in 2020.
The award is convened by the Gerardo Diego Foundation, the Department of Universities, Equality, Culture and Sport of the Government of Cantabria and the City Council of Santander. The winning work will be published by Pre-Textos before the end of the year.
Raúl Enrique Asencio (Aspe, Alicante, 1993), PhD in Literature at UCM, is the Editorial Coordinator of the La Caja Books label and teaches Storytelling Techniques in the Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at UNIR. He also regularly writes articles for literary criticism magazines such as Turia and Temblor. with the poems”Event Horizon won the 2020 Complutense Literature Prize. He lives in Zaragoza.
The Gerardo Diego International Prize for Literary Research was established 22 years ago. Convened annually by the Gerardo Diego Foundation, the Government of Cantabria (through the Ministry of Universities, Equality, Culture and Sport) and the City Council of Santander, it awards an unpublished essay on Spanish poetry of the 20th and 21st centuries.