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Old 04-19-2001, 04:21 PM
Barbara Ann Smith Barbara Ann Smith is offline
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While reading through some poetry books I found this
poem that I thought was good. This poem,
eloquently philosophizing Neruda's definition of
poetry, was featured in the award-winning Italian
film I] Postino, in which Pablo Neruda was a central
character.

And it was at that age...Poetry arrived
in search of me. I don't know, I don't know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I don't know how or when,
no, they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.

I did not know what to say, my mouth
had no way
with names,
my eyes were blind,
and something started in my soul,
fever or forgotten wings,
and I made my own way.

Deciphering
that fire,
and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
nonsense,
pure wisdom
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
the heavens
unfastened
and open,
planets,
palpitating plantations,
shadow perforated,
riddled
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night,the universe.

And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
void,
likness, image of
mystery,
felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke loose on the wind.

I loved this - it kinda describes me, trying
to write something worth reading. I hope each
of you enjoy this! Regards, Barbara
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Old 04-20-2001, 03:13 AM
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Barbara,

I enjoy Neruda so much. And Il Positano is quite a movie, hope you take the time to see it if you haven't. I had the pleasure of watching it while I was still living in Italy.

Glad to see you're searching out and reading lots of poems and poets.



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Old 04-20-2001, 07:50 AM
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Mary - Thanks so much. Yes, I have been reading,
especially different types of poetry. I'm glad
you enjoyed this one. It brightened my day.
Joy, Barb.
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Old 04-20-2001, 06:00 PM
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This really belongs in Musing on Mastery. Would you like me to move it there, Barbara?
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Old 04-21-2001, 06:19 AM
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Kate - please do so. I thought it was good for this
site because there are so many of us that are amateur's
and to me this has lots of substance. Regards, Barb.
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Old 04-25-2001, 12:50 AM
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Casa de Mantaras en Punta del Este

What a lot falls from the pine,
green mustaches,
music,
pine cones like pinnacles
or armadillos
or like books with leaves you detach.
Also fell on my face
the subtle petal
fastened to a black seed:
it was a hymenopterous wing
of the pine,
a transmigration
of suavities
in which flight joined
roots.

Fall
treedrops,
punctuations,
vowels, consonants,
violins,
falls the rain,
silence,
everything falls from the pine,
from vertical air:
falls the scent,
dark riddled
with day,
night fair
as moon milk,
night black
as that absence.

Comes the dawn.

And falls
a new day
from atop the pine,
falls with its clock,
with its hands
and its hollows,
and darkling the pine
needles sew
another night to daytime,
another day to night,


<font size="1">Neruda, tr. C.M.</size>
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Old 04-25-2001, 07:33 AM
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Chris - Ah, the beauty of this piece. Soothing and
peaceful to the imagination. I love this!
Regards, Barb.
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Old 04-28-2001, 10:19 AM
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Count me in as a huge fan of Neruda. I have several of his books and they're looking a little worn from all my page turning. The movie "Il Postino" was fabulous...love that section of the Italian coast and of course, the Neruda storyline.
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Old 04-28-2001, 03:36 PM
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Nija - Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed poem. I love
to read all of his work too. Regards, Barb.
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Old 04-29-2001, 06:33 PM
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Forgive me for dissenting from this love-fest,
but except for the early dark Residencia
poems (which Neruda later repudiated as being
all wrong in their darkness, grief, and hopeless-
ness, too bourgeois in their concern for individual
personal feeling, and completely lacking the certainty
and optimism of a faithful Marxist, who is merely one
of the People, who are happy in their revolution) he
has seemed to me mostly a windy rhetorical propagand-
istic self-admiring romantic Commie. I don't use the
word Commie lightly. The truth is (and the bland
evasion of it is what made Il Postinosentimental
and dishonest) that Neruda was an utter and unrepentant Stalinist who passed up no opportunity to praise the nobility and freedom of Mother USSR and to sneer at
the evil and heartless imperialists up north. And to condemn their materialism and greed while himself
living in big beautifully furnished houses and availing
himself of large quantities of the best food and wine.

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