How To Exist, An Impractical Guide

Como Existir, Guía Impráctica
  • Published: August 2009
  • Format: Perfect Bound Softcover(Color)
  • Pages: 132
  • Size: 8.5x11
  • ISBN: 9781438985787

At its core, How To Exist, An Impractical Guide / Como Existir, Guía Impráctica is a book of poetry and love (amor). Penned by Lorena B. Fernández, in its pages may be found love in multiple forms: compassionate love, erotic love, friendship love, but first and foremost a love of self. Not the self as a singular, but the self as a locus of sensation and movement from which relations emerge. But who is this self, then, that is Fernández? Naturally, it is a multiple self that we are describing: poet, artist, woman, mother, daughter, student, expressive arts therapist, Latin American, to name but a few.

How To Exist, An Impractical Guide / Como Existir, Guía Impráctica becomes a polyrhythmic call to the reader. The recurring theme of the book is the search for meaning in life, and here lies perhaps that most impractical aspect of the book: the quest. But Fernández doesn't leave the reader alone or singular in this regard: in the introduction to the book she expressly encourages the reader to become a traveler too, to transform the impractical into the practical through poetry and art. Not simply to be a traveler, actually, but rather a guide through words, colors and forms on one's own journey to meaning. The quest becomes a question: how to exist? There might not be a destination in sight, nor even one to be found, but the journey "in the eternal minute / of the present / awaiting" will have been worth every step taken if only the call is answered.

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