BiographySonia Bueno was born in the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla, and studied English Literature and Literary Theory at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She is a trained sommelier, and runs a wine bar in the centre of Madrid. She is a member of the poetic collective Lavarca Ebria, which investigates the limits of the word and the relation of poetry to other art-forms such as dance or photography. Bueno has published two collections: Retales (2011, winner of the 1st International Poetry Prize from the Fundación Centro de Poesía José Hierro), and Aral (2016), both of which were illustrated by the artist Eugania Criado. Her poems have appeared in various magazines, including Catálogos de Valverde 32, Heterogénea, Galerna and Caligrama. Her work has been translated into Galician, English and Dutch.
Although fully grounded in her own idiosyncratic Spanish, Bueno has a wide knowledge of European (particularly English) poetry and languages: it is no accident that 'retales' should suggest a few English analogies: ‘retails’; ‘retells’; ‘rituals’, even ‘re: tales’. Bueno’s second book, Aral – the fruit of a trip to a devastated post-Soviet landscape – is in many ways a deliberate inversion of retales’s attempt to create a world out of fragments: it shows us the collapse of a world, and an individual subjectivity, under the assault of political reality and the challenges of a ruined planet.
© James WomackBibliography
Retales (Swatches). Fundación Centro de Poesía José Hierro, Madrid, 2011
Aral, Amargord, Madrid, 2016
A Ladder in the Desert. Desperate Literature, Madrid, 2016 (trans. James Womack)
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère