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Derrick Del Pilar

Born and raised in Chicago, I came to the tango while studying at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires in 2006. In 2008 I earned my B.A. with majors in Creative Writing and Spanish & Portuguese from the University of Arizona, and in 2009 I earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. My specialty is the history & literature of early 20th century Argentina.
Derrick Del Pilar has written 134 posts for Poesía de gotán: The Poetry of the Tango

Milonga Café Pacífico

All across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken away our ability to safely gather at milongas, marathons, and festivals to dance together. While I, like so many of us, grieve this (hopefully temporary) loss of this central piece of tango culture, thanks to modern technology we do have ways to stay connected and continue … Continue reading

Abandono (1937)

Abandonment (1937) lyrics by Homero Manzi
 music by Pedro Maffia The wind of memory arrives at the corner of my abandonment and amidst yesterday’s dead dust your love has also returned. I don’t know if you lead a happy life or if the world has defeated you and living with no desire to live you … Continue reading

El último café (1963)

The Last Coffee lyrics by Cátulo Castillo 
music by Héctor Stamponi Your memory touches down like a tornado, the autumn sun begins to set again I watch the drizzle, and as I watch the spoon stirs in the coffee… In the last coffee that your lips coldly ordered that time in a sighing voice. I … Continue reading

¿Vendrás alguna vez? (1938)

Will You Ever Come? lyrics by Luis César Amadori
 music by Alfredo Malerba If only you knew how lonely I am surrounded by so many other people! If only you knew how dismal I feel as the rest of them are laughing like crazy… I have it all and yet it seems to me that … Continue reading

Cosas olvidadas (1940)

Forgotten Things lyrics by José María Contursi music by Antonio Rodio After such a long, long time, just now I get to talk to you again… Hearing you—what a feeling! It seems just like yesterday! You see…I’m much older now and you’re the same as back in those days when you used to love me … Continue reading

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