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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 132 posts for Poesía de gotán: The Poetry of the Tango

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

Paciencia (1937)

Patience [1] lyrics by Francisco Gorrindo music by Juan D’Arienzo Last night, my eyes fell on you again; last night, I had you at my side again. Why should I have seen you if, after everything, we were two strangers looking into the past! You’re not the same, nor am I the same… Years! Life! … Continue reading

Tormenta (1939)

Storm music & lyrics by Enrique Santos Discépolo Howling amidst lightning, lost in the storm of this endless night, oh Lord! I seek your name… I don’t want your bolts to blind me to these horrors, because I need light in order to go on… What I learned at your hand— shouldn’t it help me … Continue reading

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