Neruda

new
to his overflowing trough
of word honey

new
to his heart
wrenched
with plant love
animal love
earth love

a reign of tears

cracks

the trajectory of reading
eyes moved
from black symbols
on creamy pages
to the alphabet
of feeling

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The above is my response to my first reading of Neruda this past weekend. I started with selections from the Elemental Odes (1954) and the New Elemental Odes (1956) as translated by Stephen Mitchell in Full Woman, Fleshly Apply, Hot Moon: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda. (Harper Collins, 1998)

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4 thoughts on “Neruda

  1. I recently introduced myself to the poems of Pablo Neruda beginning with “20 Love Poems and a Song of Despair” and realized what I’d been missing for so long. His poetry is pure magic – creative, inventive and so richly crafted. They’ve been a joy to read. I’ll certainly follow up with the poetry collection you mentioned above.

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