Preface

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Dragons exist.

Not in a physical sense – after all, as far from what we know, nobody has ever seen one – but in a more mental, spiritual way. They are so profoundly established in human folklore all over the world, that one could claim that we, as a species, need them, even if only mentally, to be among us.

Because dragons, these powerful, colossal, deadly beings, masters of the sky and physically superior to us in any aspect, represent best our relationship with the world around us, an entity so gargantuan that not even us can ever hope to tame it. When we appealed to nature to make us live, we would call for dragon gods for rain or to make the harvest grow, like the Chinese used to do. When nature became the obstacle to be eradicated, the dragons became the fierce creatures we know from fables. Nowadays, in an era where our attitude to nature has become more sympathetic, dragons are more and more often friendly creatures who gladly protect us (although the old cruel monsters of some centuries ago persist). As we, as humans, change, dragons change too.

Also, no other figure represents so well our human attitude to never get satisfied, to believe there's much more than what we see, and what we have. No matter what science tells us, we will always look for something else. We need to think that if we raise our heads and look at the sky, there is not just the clouds in front of our eyes. We need to think that a dragon may be flying among them. Pushed by similar feelings, we abandoned a normal life of survival and reproduction and went out of the world we knew, to discover. We still haven't found them, but this mustn't discourage us. After all, we found out many other incredible things in our journey.

The poems shown here attempt to offer a modern vision of dragons. They may be gentle friends to be caressed, or scaled versions of our flaws, or also abstract concepts that are separate from material reality. Each of the dragons that live in these poems are a vision of the world itself, or a desire for a different version of it. May them succeed in making you look at the reality with new, more curious eyes, capable of seeing dragons even if the immediate perception doesn't.

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