Bernardo Couto Castillo

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Bernardo Couto Castillo

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1PhilOPosia
ag. 26, 2008, 10:02am

Wow. Stark around here. If anyone has any information they would care to share regarding the life and work of the 19th century Mexican poet, Bernardo Couto Castillo, please get in touch - or post here.

2MarianV
ag. 26, 2008, 11:36am

I have a book Cronica de la Poesia Mexicana by Jose Joaquin Blanco (cuarto edicion 1983 Editoria Katun S.A.) which I bought in Mexico that covers the better known Mexican poets from the conquest to 1983, but I found no mention of Couto Castillo. The book is in Spanish, there is no English translation. It covers the major poets -- it is possible that Bernardo Couto Castillo was known only regionally or had a small following.

3PhilOPosia
Editat: ag. 26, 2008, 5:15pm

Thank you. It is because he is minor and forgotten that I leave behind the fold to find him (thus ends the pastoral analogy). I adore the extravagant saints.

Thusfar I have scraped together:

1879 – 1901 (another source lists 1880-1901), died at the age of 22.

Contributor to Mexico City's journal of Modernismo/Decadentismo writing, La Revista Moderna (1898 - 1911; founded by Amado Nervo, Jose Juan Tablada, and Jesus E. Valenzuela).

Works:

Asphodels (Poetry)
An Obsession (Story)
The Mermaid (Story)

Influenced by Baudelaire, Poe and Rimbaud, his bizarre fictions often involved the character of Death and the French clown, Pierrot. He was reputedly homosexual, generously given to alcohol, drugs and prostitutes and vastly familiar with the holdings of the Louvre. His complete works, in Spanish, were published by Angel Munoz Fernandez in 2001.

Subject of a play by Victor San Miguel and Cora Cordona, "Black Butterfly in Chloroform" (October, 2002: staged at Teatro Dallas, Dallas, Texas).