Our third season is a tribute to the work of the national poet of the Dominican Republic Pedro Mir, who serve as inspiration for our designers:
"HAY UN PAÍS EN EL MUNDO
COLOCADO EN EL MISMO TRAYECTO DEL SOL.
ORIUNDO DE LA NOCHE.
EN UN INVEROSÍMIL ARCHIPIÉLAGO
DE AZÚCAR Y DE ALCOHOL."
With these verses begins the poem “Hay un país en el mundo”, by the Dominican Pedro Mir. Pedro Mir was born in San Pedro de Macorís on June 3, 1913. The loss of his mother at the age of four left him with an emotional void that he later tried to fill through poetry. He grew up in the Cristóbal Colón mill in San Pedro de Macorís, where his father worked. During his formative years he witnessed the reality of the cane workers.
Pedro Mir published his first social poems in the 1930s, encouraged by Juan Bosch, who was already an important literary figure in the Dominican Republic, to "turn his eyes to the earth." In 1947 he went into exile, which would last until the fall of the Trujillo regime, of which he was considered a "disaffected".
Pedro Mir was a teacher, lawyer, narrator, essayist, and student of aesthetics and history, but above all he was a great poet who denounced, through a poetry of rigorous aesthetic criteria, the social injustices of our country.
His masterpiece is the poem “Hay un país en el mundo”, published in Cuba in 1949. In this poem he masterfully contrasts the natural beauty and abundance of our country with the misery of the landless peasants, tied to ingenuity, who leave life in the work without ever owning anything.
After the fall of the Trujillo regime, Pedro Mir returned to the Dominican Republic, where he lived for the rest of his life. He was recognized by the Dominican Congress as a National Poet in 1984, and in 1993 he won the National Prize for Literature.
Pedro Mir died in Santo Domingo on July 11, 2000.