|Leandro Vera was born
in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 6, 1972. He was quickly
carried over to the United States by his Argentine parents, and was
raised in San Jose, California. Leandro has deep roots in both
California and Argentine cultures, and he has grown through the many
vines of culture and adaptation, and is now delivering to NPN the
fruits of this foundation. Leandro has spent more than half of his
time over the last five years traveling outside of his residence. We
asked Leandro what he can tell us about his travels: "when you
embark on a journey, you always have a sense of returning somewhere
within your mind. This is a blanket we turn to for comfort in direct
experience. I believe that we are all one people; it is the wild
imagination of our minds that tricks us down so many diverse paths
and fools us into thinking we are but a short flight away from home."
Handshakingly Sinister Pleasantries
Leandro wrote his first novel, entitled
Pleasantries, between May and September of 1999. This novel takes an
inside-out view at the multi-directional lives that can build and
blossom during a short snap-shop of introspection. The work was delivered with
urgency and was written almost exclusively from the blue and gray chairs
of American Airlines' flight cabins.
Ride along side Augustine Sanchez as he whirls in and out of the
lives of beautiful women, his long standing lover, two
cities and a career exploding with lies and praise. This
senior management consultant is pushing every boundary he
can find during the summer of 1999. The question is, will
they break before he does?
"'In a place like The Lodge,' she said as she reached for a tiny black
stirrer behind the bar, 'you find a nice drunk lady with big hair to
stick this stirrer into. Like this.' She leaned over and quickly put
the stirrer into a huge lady's pinned-up hair next to us, then
pretended to dance crazy like the rest of the fools everywhere
around us. Cory laughed vehemently. Peanuts cracked all around me
mocking us. 'Now you guys try it.'"
Dentynes and Tentacles
If imagery succumbs to illusion, then why do we not call the gift
of memory but a liar and a robber of the truth? Leandro's poems
evoke the sense of mystery of emotion, and through his works we can
allow the zenwaterfall to softly emerge into our minds and loosen.
These poems are careless and wrought with the chaos and unpatterned
texture of dreams and nature's elusive footsteps.
Tentacles is Leandro's first complete work of poetry. He is
currently working on a book of prose entitled FingerTales.
Other Works By Leandro Vera
Leandro is the lead guitarist and co-author of
The Bletchley Park Project.
September, 1999-October, 2000
Coming to NPN soon!