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  Translated by Richard Sturgess

“Vicente Valero is a writer of great metaphysical profundity, but a realist withal, not abstract. He has the privilege of observing both death and love.” Octavio Paz. 

One Day in the Secret Forest of Words presents us with a sinuous structure that guides our reading through an infinity of unravellings… The branch becomes the trunk, the root: everything is lyrical in this game of disguises, everything is cloaked in mystery.” Jorge Fernández Gonzalo, writer and literary critic.

“In order to understand these circular ruins, we, the readers, must write them anew. To this end we fashion concepts: to refurbish meanings.” Ainhoa Sáenz de Zaitegui, Universidad de Salamanca.

“The experience of One Day in the Secret Forest of Words is, without any doubt or blandishment, an experience of rapport with the observable and of openness to its profound import.” Carlos Andrés Landázuri Súarez, Universidad de las Artes, Ecuador.


Screen Shot 2018-09-27 at 16.51.28VICENTE VALERO was born in 1963 on the island of Ibiza, Spain. With a degree in Hispanic Philology from the University of Barcelona he has combined literature with  teaching and cultural journalism. As an essayist he has published, amongst others, La poesía de Juan Ramón Jiménez (1988) and Experiencia y pobreza: Walter Benjamin en Ibiza (2001). His novel Los extraños (2017), was followed by El arte de la fuga (2015), Las transiciones (2016) and Duelo de alfiles (forthcoming). With  six poetry collections, Valero is established as one of the foremost poets of his generation, present in the most essential anthologies of Spanish poetry of the last decades. Días del bosque / One Day in the Secret Forest of Words received the International Poetry Prize from the Loewe Foundation in 2007.