Escritos Sobre el Corazon by Benigno Hector Remesar
Introduced by Emma Balch
Walking the cobbled streets of San Antonio de Areco, enjoying the slow pace after a frantic week in Buenos Aires, I noticed Benigno. He was sitting at a workbench, working on a sheet of alpaca. Behind him, an old typewriter. Beside him, a mate gourd. Scratchy classical music was playing on the sound system.
I asked if my boys could watch him at work. He happily agreed, explaining to them what the tools are for, passing them the alloy to handle.
A self-published book of poetry lay on the counter. I turned it over and saw Benigno’s photo on the back. He described himself as a writer, actor, theatre director, painter, sculptor and co-founder of a community cultural centre. I was not surprised; it is typical for Argentines to juggle different careers and cultural interests, reinventing and reimagining themselves through a natural instinct for entrepreneurship and an insatiable appetite for education.
Benigno opened the book and read aloud a poem about a small town in the province of Buenos Aires, once a thriving community, now with around 80 residents. He visited the place while looking for a place to relocate from the city and wrote a nostalgic poem.
He settled on San Antonio de Areco to Seth up home and rented a corner spot with large picture windows and a wide double door. He passes the days there, making gifts from alpaca, writing, painting – and today, reading poems from his book to visitors from Hay.
(Click here to see photos of Goldney, and read more on the history of the town and the English connections.)