on poetry

July 12, 2017

“It was at that age
that poetry came in search of me.”
Pablo Neruda
(July 12, 1904 – September 23, 1973)

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quote from Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair


last 7 days

June 23, 2017

Here’s some poetry history in the making: Copper Canyon Press is running a 10-day Kickstarter campaign, Pablo Neruda: Poetry Lost + Found.

The press’s successful 2015 campaign helped publish a collection of just-discovered, never-before-published poems by Pablo Neruda, Then Come Back: the Lost Neruda Poems.

With this new effort Copper Canyon hopes to fully fund BOOK OF TWILIGHT, Neruda’s first book of poetry, which has never before been published in English in its entirety. Funding from the previous campaign moved this book into production; the current campaign will get it finished and to the printers.

There are juicy inducements for pledges and, very importantly, this is an all-or-nothing campaign: this project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Friday, June 30, 2017, 5:00 PM PDT.

Visit Pablo Neruda: Poetry Lost + Found and pledge!

watching for Neruda

December 14, 2016

Neruda film posterPablo Larraín’s Neruda opens this week in U.S. theaters. Starring Luis Gnecco as Pablo Neruda and Gael García Bernal as Oscar Peluchoneau, the film, according to Variety, “is not a biopic but an invention informed by biography, conjuring a richly detailed investigator [Peluchoneau] with notions of self-grandeur who’s hunting the famed leftist writer-politician in 1948 Chile.”

In an interview in Film Comment, Larraín says, “Neruda’s particular power came from how he was able to describe our country, our society, our people in a way that no historian or journalist has ever done. If you want to understand who we really are, read Neruda. Neruda is in our water. He’s everywhere. That’s why instead of dealing with his poetry we chose to absorb the poetry and see what comes out after. Neruda is what transpires after drinking that Neruda water.” Manohla Dargis talks with the director in The New York Times.

Watch for Neruda, and read some, too.

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Pablo NerudaThere is excitement afoot at Copper Canyon Press — and among the fans of Pablo Neruda. A handwritten cache of lost poems by Neruda was recently discovered in Chile and entrusted to Copper Canyon for publication.

The press is running a Kickstarter to fund the book, Then Come Back: Lost Poems. The backing has already exceeded the initial fundraising goal of $50,000, so Copper Canyon has sweetened the deal with a “stretch goal”: additional funds will allow the publication of Crepusculario — Neruda’s first book, which has never been translated into English, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2017.

Visit the Lost Poems Kickstarter, watch the video and be part of the excitement.
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photo: young Pablo Neruda, born Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto

more poetry walking…

August 27, 2013

"Seaside Studio" poetry box by J. Pavone & M. DixonJust the other day, we posted about “Poetry of the Wild” by Ana Flores. Somehow, this article by Susan Dunne in The Hartford Courant, about a recent Ana Flores project at the University of Connecticut at Groton, escaped mention in that post and it’s definitely worthwhile, especially for the accompanying photos. Shown here is a poetry box, “Seaside Studio,” made by Julia Pavone and Mark Dixon, which includes the Pablo Neruda poem, “Aqui.”

And as long as we’re doing follow-up posts, here’s another. We have previously mentioned the Sidewalk Poetry Project in Northfield, Minnesota. This year, the project’s third, eight local poets had their poems selected from a field of 121 submissions and will have their poems added to the growing collection. More on the City of Northfield website.
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Photo by Richard Messina, The Courant

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