Publicado: Fri, 30 Oct, 2015


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Foto de Boti tomada de Internet The Guantanamo son, Regino Eladio Boti y Barreiro, (1878 -1958) is known in the world of the letters as a poet and renovator of the ¨ late modernism ¨, but little has been written on Boti journalist, an occupation that carried out all his life together with other dissimilaroccupations.

Besides his prime vocation, that of teaching, Boti carried out studies of Law, Philosophy and Letters. He also ended up acting as auxiliary of stewardship, grocer, tobacconist, teacher of the sugar industry, journalist, public notary, school director, professor, secretary of the electoral meeting, belonged to the Academy of History of Havana, to the Hispanic AmericanReal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Cádiz, and he died in the same year in that he entered to be part of the Cuban Real Academy of the Language.

His journalistic writings were know in newspapers and Cuban and foreign magazines, and the memoirs from his two trips to the Cuauhtémoc’s land were picked up in a book titled Under the sky of Mexico, compiled by his grandson and executor Reginito G. Rodríguez Boti, with episodes and personal anecdotes narrated by Boti with an ingenious mastery, making us recognize the stepping of a poet-journalist, in his last exits from Cuba.

This travel book intertwines the life of the Guantanamo writer with Juventino Rosas, the celebrated author of the Waltz on the waves who found his final destination in this Caribbean island, and in his last months of existence he established an intense friendship with young Boti. To such a point that Juventino Rosas requested Boti to write the lyrics of his famous waltz.

These counted memoirs as a journalistic long report, compete in its clean and abundant prose with the lyrical nobility of MentalArabesque, the summitwork of Boti, for the picture of the characters and the recreation of the Mexican atmosphere, besides having depicted the historical descriptions of regions and towns he visited in his trips to the land of the Aztecs.

Regrettably most of the work of Boti journalist is still to be studied. Boti underlies in the voluminous shelves of the files, in his native house in Guantánamo, rigorouslyguarded by his grandson Reginito, as previously made by his daughter, notary Florentina Boti, already deceased, and that still wait for the moment chosen for heaven’s sake, and for the state, so that they are published in anthologies, or as a compilation of his memoirs in Mexico, published thanks to the generosity of the Mexican Instituteof Culture, in 2006, under the guidance of Bachelor Enrique Peña Nieto, with the Editorial Cigome.

Known as a local poet since he never moved away from what he called ¨My village ¨, Guantánamo constituted for Regino Boti his farm scenario, while the learned notary was for the city besides the most illustrious of its children, an authorizedvoice of consultation, and also to pick up and to count in the national and foreign periodic events, political, commercial and artistic analysis that ephemeral as all the journalistic notes, have a single one daylife, and they get lost in the forgetfulness if not compiled and remembered in books.

In a recent visit that I carried out to his native house–declared in 2008 National Patrimony–, in a gathering organized in the centennial patio, where so many times he shared with his friends the creator of The sea and the mountain, his grandson and executor Reginito Rodríguez Boti counted me ¨ the abandonment that the native house, the files and the work of Botisuffer on the part of the cultural authorities and of the government of the Guantánamocounty. No one in interested in the work of their biggest poet. And they give priority to other projects, many of them nonsense. ¨.

I wonder: how much it will be necessary to wait to enjoy the journalistic work of Regino Boti?A work that embraced more than fifty years, where even some magazines like Pensil Oriente Literario, El Cubano Libre, Orto, Cuba y América, Cuba Contemporánea, Revista de Avance, Letras, El Fígaro, Bohemia, Diario de la Marina, Revista Bimestre Cubano and El Mundo cooperated. He also founded and directed the newspaper El Resumen andthe Chic magazine, giving the readers hisvastpersonal experience and his poet light that accompanied him until the end of his days, happened in his dear Guantánamo, on a gray afternoon of the already distant 1958.





Frank Correa

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