“Identity is also formed from desire”

The Riodomenca Glòria Coll Domingo (1988) is a musician and a poet. As a musician, she has studied cello performance at the Esmuc, as well as at the conservatories of Utrecht and Amsterdam, where she has specialized in the baroque instrument. Currently, she teaches at the Riudoms School of Music. As for literature, in 2013 her first book was published, ode to objects (Galerada), winner of the Amadeu Oller Prize for unpublished young poets. In 2015 he received the Miquel Martí i Pol Poetry Prize from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and in 2017 he published Return (godal). This year he has won the Jocs Florals Prize in Barcelona with Through, work published by La Breu Edicions. The author will present the book at the Tarragona Old Town Hall on October 28, led by Magí Sunyer. Before, on October 27, the writer participates in a literary route where several authors from Camp de Tarragona will share some of her texts. Both activities are part of the Literary Autumn.

The Floral Games seem like another time.

I guess they remember Verdaguer, Carner, nineteenth-century things. From my point of view, on the one hand, there is the historic and beautiful aspect of becoming part of a very old tradition that has a lot of repercussions. But on the other hand, today they are no longer the same as they were a century ago, they must be put in their context. Keeping traditions always has an interesting part. Not all of them and, obviously, they can be reformed. In this sense, Jocs Florals have evolved. Luckily, now the jury is more female than male, which is also remarkable because it is an award that very few women have won.

«It would be nice if each one could approach the different forms of poetry that exist because it is wealth»

As for the poetry of this award, should it be in a certain way?

I wouldn't want it to be and I don't think it is. Because also in recent years very diverse people have beaten him. For me each book is an exploration and I would not like to label myself either. In addition, the will of the Jocs Florals is precisely to break these routines that form juries that are already heterogeneous. In the end, a prize is a jury. If you compose it with voices that come from different places, they will obviously reward things that they find interesting.

When I was a child, poetry had to rhyme. Not anymore, right?

No. Rhyme is one of the many literary resources that poetry has. For a time he was given a lot of importance and at school, unfortunately he was left with a certain narrow-mindedness. I hope that this will change because poetry is a literary genre, as is the novel or the theater. The least read person can say ten very different types of novel, one from another. Well, with poetry this does not happen. But it exists and it would be nice if everyone could approach these different forms of poetry that exist because it is rich. What is the line that separates genders? For example, singer-songwriters or Bob Dylan's Nobel. In the end it is about making literature, about art.

If we talk about art, you are a poet and also a musician.

Yes. In fact, I started playing the cello as a hobby at the Riudoms School of Music, I did my entire professional degree at the Vila-seca Conservatory, and then I went to Esmuc, but I wanted to go further, so After two years I went to the Netherlands, to the Utrecht Conservatory. It was a time when I became very interested in early music and specialized in the baroque cello.

“I have a passion for music. For years, all my training has been in exclusive dedication. It can't be done any other way."

Why the baroque?

There was a Renaissance of early music around the sixties, seventies and eighties of the last century, a new way of looking at it trying to go to the sources, a historicism, which is trying to be as faithful as possible to how music was conceived because a point of the 20th century in which we played everything the same. Bach was played just like Schuman and there were no distinctions. So, there has been a very strong current, especially in the Netherlands, where a lot of research has been done.

What changes?

When you start playing early music with original instruments and with criteria that are closer to the original score, you enjoy it much more, everything makes much more sense. It is a way of approaching the entire historical context of the composer who composed it. I think it is an open gaze that the musician is gaining, which is that of being not only a performer, but someone aware of what he does is take a piece from a while ago out of a museum and bring it to life.

How does poetry fit in here?

They go down different paths and at the same time, transfer things and feed, surely, in many ways. On the one hand, there is my passion for music and all my training, which for years has been in exclusive dedication. There is no other way to do it. Learning to play an instrument professionally is very demanding. But at the same time, I was reading and cultivating poetry, which is something I have always done, although in the beginning it was more intimate. So, I won the Amadeu Oller Award in 2013 and put more energy to the point that in recent years my energy is in both places.

Where did 'Through' come from?

I wanted it to be a complex book. Two readings were important in terms of wanting to make the book as it has ended up being, diverse. the golden notebook, by Doris Lessing, which talks about a woman who tries to compartmentalize her life with different newspapers and finally sees that she cannot do it, that there is only one life and it is complex and multiple. And the other is the philosopher Gilles Deleuze, who in thousand plateaus It invites us to make an effort, to do complex things.

'Through' has past, desire and dreamlike images. How did you string it?

Making poetry is above all having time, desire and space to reflect. They make us reflect on the things that we are passionate about and that worry us and it seems to me that the topics are not chosen by you, but rather given to you. My themes, since the first book, have been the family, memory, desire and the status of women in our society. These are topics that upset my day to day, which I want to know more about, I also read, because there are many readings that go through the book and some of them I lie to. I thought it would be interesting to make a multiple book, one that exposed that people are many things at the same time and that we have many different burrows.

«My themes, since the first book, have been the family, memory, desire and the condition of women in our society»

And the title?

Through it's this attempt to go through a lot of different things, from side to side of the book.

Does female desire become a little more visible?

Definitely. I am young and I get the impression that I have had a very well laid out path compared to previous generations. In this sense, we have many more formulas in art, in the media, everywhere we see more ways of teaching female desire. And for me it is important to talk about it because, even so, identity is also formed from desire. For example, the poems about The shame, that there are two, are a way of explaining how when I was little there were still some issues closely linked to guilt, to desire as something very closed. And since all that path has had to be worked on consciously, because it is not given for free, at least it has not been like that for me yet.

More than guilt, can we talk about responsibility?

I don't know if it's the same. I mean, I come from a world that is still very closed because I come from a village, from a peasant and religious family. So, in the Catholic religion, sex is the fault, so it was not talked about, there were many taboos. The association of guilt with sex and with the body itself, with desire, still had to do with this and I think it is a burden that, unfortunately, will drag on over time because it is part of our culture. It is something very difficult to eliminate. Therefore, we must continue talking and, at least for me, I get out of talking about it.

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