Prostíbulo de la palabra is Benito Pastoriza Iyodo’s fourth collection of poetry. The first edition of the book is accompanied by its English translation: Brothel of the Word. This bilingual volume exposes the reader to a work diverse in themes, structure and format. The book is a collection that encapsulates the people, places, beliefs and actions implicit in the concepts presented in the operative terms “brothel” and “word” in their physical, linguistic and spiritual incarnations.
The title engenders curiosity about how the poet will interconnect these two concepts. A brothel is generally associated with prostitution. But knowing that the term “prostitution” can go beyond the world associated with the sexual act, it should be no surprise that the poetic subject moves from the confines of a building (the brothel) to the environs where prostitution manifests itself in the impure and many times masked manipulation of language and mankind within a broader, more global brothel.
The dialog between the poems transforms into a conversation among the reader, the poetry and the poet in the physical, linguistic, spiritual and philosophic debates that affect humanity.