Tomàs Garcés (Barcelona 1901 - 1993). Poet and lawyer, he was also interested in journalism, edition, literature critique, diary prose and translation.
He is considered as "the catalan folk song poet", through his distintive use of short lines and verses. He is also linked to the neo-populist poetry of Federico García Lorca and Rafael Alberti. He collaborated with Josep M. Cruzet in the foundation of Selecta editorial, and in La Publicitat, D'ací i d'allà, Ariel and Serra d'Or. He was the director and one of the founders of Quaderns de poesia. He mantained a strong friendship with the poets Joan Salvat-Papasseit and Josep Sebastià Pons. Some of his most famous work is Vint cançons (1922), El caçador (1947), La nit de Sant Joan (1951), El temps que fuig (1984), which obtained three awards: Ciutat de Barcelona, Generalitat de Catalunya and Crítica Serra d'Or, and the volumes Poesia completa (1986), Prosa Completa I and II. Some of his poems have been translated into English with the title The Span of Compassion: Selected Poems (1985).
He was honoured with the Creu de Sant Jordi (1982), and the Premi d'Honor de les Lletres Catalanes six months before his death. He was a member of honor of Associació d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (Association of Catalan Language Writers, AELC).
Page by Josep Miàs for the AELC.
Documentation: Xavier Gual.
Photographs from the family's files.
Translated by Josep Miàs.