At the end of April this year, I went on a little trip to spend some time with myself. I left Portugal, travelling over the border to the south of Spain, via Seville, Malaga and Ubeda. I sat on a rickety bus through the red desert dirt of Jaen, into the mountains of Andalusia to a little village called Los Anchos, where I stayed for just over a week.
I ejected from the normal world for a while and had a nice time in the mountains, living simply and quietly, throwing sticks for the dog, painting and planting lettuces. I kept a diary and wrote some poems. After some time out there, I travelled from Albacete to Valencia and started to sift through the things I had written over those few weeks.
Poems of Los Anchos is a sort of mini collection of my writing from Spain and a few other places from my journey. One day I will put everything in a proper order and print it out nicely with page numbers, but for now, here is everything pretty much as I wrote it (balanced on top of a mountain with a beer, feeling sweaty and delicious).
Jenny Browne will be submitting poems every Tuesday from now on. Continue to check back to see her work and her continuing poems in the Los Anchos series.