Eduardo
Lizalde, winner of the X City of
Granada-Federico García Lorca International Prize for Poetry, was born in Mexico
in 1929 and so is 84 years old.

So we
can say that Lizalde has the profile of a Lorca Prize winner in that he is in
his 80s and this year it was Latin America’s turn. Yet he is atypical in that,
though a previous poetry prize winner, he has won no major award outside his
native land and he is the third Mexican of the 5 Latin American winners, so one
wonders. [Three of the five Spanish winners have been Andalusians.] I have long been predicting success for the Argentinian Juan Gelman who is 83 and
has already won the Juan Rulfo in 2000, the Reina Sofía and the Pablo Neruda in
2005, and the Cervantes in 2007! [See http://blog.granadalabella.eu/#post24 ] Latin American prize-winners are, on balance, likely to be
holders of the Pablo Neruda Prize, or the Octavio Paz Prize, or both (Pacheco).
Or at least the Juan Rulfo Prize for Latin American and Caribbean Literature.

Lizalde is,
they say, a widely acknowledged poet in Latin America even though he has as yet
not had any Spanish award to add to his name. The Lorca and the Reina Sofía
tend to go hand-in-hand, so he can be hopeful of more recognition this side of
the Wide Sargasso Sea in future.

Laura García-Lorca, representing the Lorca
Foundation on the judges’ panel, is at any rate happy about the choice. He
will, she is convinced, consolidate the reputation of the award “already world
famous”. And this is the point of the prize: prestigious poets are chosen
to further enhance the prestige of Lorca’s Granada, which enhances their
prestige with the hope of going on to win further prizes and prestige.

Well, as we blogged only yesterday, the Lorca
Centre will be operational by next June. Will we see Eduardo Lizalde collecting
his Lorca Prize at the Lorca Centre? Why not? That would be
logical. Says Laura García-Lorca, the Poet’s
niece.

Thanks to G. Cappa Granada Hoy 12.10.2013