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Pablo Neruda

I Am Afraid       I’m afraid. The evening is gray and the sadnessof the sky opens like the mouth of a corpse.My heart has a weeping of princessforgotten at the bottom of a deserted palace. I’m afraid. And I feel so tired and smallthat I reflect the evening without meditating on her.(In my sick head a… Continue reading Pablo Neruda

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Pablo Neruda

Ode to SadnessSadness, scarabwith seven crippled feet,spiderweb egg,scramble-brained rat,bitch’s skeleton:No entry here.Don’t come in.Go away.Go backsouth with your umbrella,go backnorth with your serpent’s teeth.A poet lives here.No sadness maycross this threshold.Through these windowscomes the breath of the world,fresh red roses,flags embroidered withthe victories of the people.No.No entry.Flapyour bat’s wings,I will trample the feathersthat fall from… Continue reading Pablo Neruda

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Pablo Neruda

I hunger for your sleek laugh, / your hands the color of a savage harvest, / hunger for the pale stones of your fingernails, / I want to eat your skin like a whole almond. —  Pablo Neruda, from “Sonnet XI,” 100 Love Sonnets (University of Texas Press; Reissue edition, June 1, 1986) Originally published… Continue reading Pablo Neruda

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Pablo Neruda

Lovely One Lovely one,just as on the cool stoneof the spring, the wateropens a wide flash of foam,so is the smile of your face,lovely one. Lovely one,with delicate hands and slender feetlike a silver pony,walking, flower of the world,thus I see you,lovely one. Lovely one,with a nest of copper entangledon your head, a nestthe color… Continue reading Pablo Neruda

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Pablo Neruda

Kiss by kiss I cover your tiny infinity,your margins, your rivers, your diminutive villages,and a genital fire, transformed by delight, slips through the narrow channels of bloodto precipitate a nocturnal carnation,to be, and be nothing but light in the dark. — Pablo Neruda, from “Sonnet XII,” 100 Love Sonnets. (University of Texas Press; Reissue edition… Continue reading Pablo Neruda

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Pablo Neruda

despite the mute coldness of the teeth and the hatred of the eyes,and the battle of dying beasts that watch over oblivion,in some summer place we are togetherwatching with lips invaded by thirst. — Pablo Neruda, from “II: FURIES AND SORROWS,” The Poetry of Pablo Neruda (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2005)

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Raúl Zurita

You can hear whole days sinking, strange sunnymornings, unfinished loves, goodbyes cut shortthat sink into the sea. You can hear surprisingbaits that rain with sunny days stuck to them,loves cut short, goodbyes that not anymore.Baits are told of, that rain for the fish in the sea. — Raúl Zurita, from “The Sea,” Inri (New York… Continue reading Raúl Zurita

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