Guestbook Musings

“I am the keeper of fragile things and I
have kept of you what is indissolvable.”
Anaïs Nin

When our guestbook was inaugurated in 2004 within the first hundred days of the site going live we had had posts from  Manchester, Santa Domingo, Gothenburg, Ohio, California and Texas, Chicago and Lima. The post from Lima was from Daniel Saenz More written on Nin’s birthday, February 21, 2004.

Daniel Saenz_More

My grandfather was Ernesto More Barrionuevo, Gonzalo’s brother. The More Barrionuevo family was an important family of artists and journalists in Peru. They were investigators and assistant at movement of Vanguard in Paris and Peru. Gonzalo was married with Helba Huara, and he became to be a great artist, but their works have not come to be very acquaintances because seems that in truth never he interest to do it. Precursor of the postmodernismo? Gonzalo is best known by its romance with Anaïs Nin and its friendship with Paul Eluard and Cesar Vallejo, the great Peruvian poet that wrote the part too important of its work (” Human Poems”) in the atelier of Gonzalo. Nevertheless, Gonzalo was an artist that believed and the art lived on. Even I conserve some letters of Gonzalo in which declares its large dreams to integrate the arts. I hope the day arrive in which we can know the true magnitude of its contribute.

Because of spammers, the Guestbook was forced to close down in 2009. Even though we initiated a number of security and safety measures and had three rotating moderators, the porn and crazed spam messages proliferated and both enraged and saddened our web Amazon being who purged the site daily over morning coffee, carefully allowing the wonderful posts that appeared to be read. Even though the posts couldn’t go live, they still had to be quite literally scraped off each morning anew. Despite Nin’s dictum of when being trapped in destruction, opening a window to creation, alas, our web maven being threw in the towel and went back to enjoying her morning coffee without thinking of the pornographic spammers. We applauded her choice and copied what we could of past messages.

We are sorry we were unable to communicate with Daniel Saenz More in 2004 however, if anyone is interested in contacting him, before we disable the last vestiges of the guestbook, we can send on the email he used almost a decade ago, perhaps the letters he mentioned of Gonzalo’s have been published.

In searching for information on Daniel Saenz More, we found a number of posts (this one below with 604 comments!) from Perhaps he could be contacted through this site or through Facebook

@Daniel Sáenz More or his other travel writings if indeed this writer’s grandfather was Gonzalo’s brother!