June Poetry: Day 3 – Pablo Neruda

Posted: June 3, 2011 in poetry
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 Day 3 – Pablo Neruda

In 1994 a movie came out called Il Postino, I think it may have been two years later when I first watched that film.  At the time I was only writing poetry occasionally, and really wasn’t reading any poetry at all.  The film, about Pablo Neruda was a really enjoyable film, but what caught me were the words of Neruda.  Unlike Bukowski who we featured a couple of days ago, Neruda’s words are not stark slaps of reality to the head, they are paintings with words, smooth and perfectly blended lines of the color of life.  I don’t think anyone writes poetry as beautiful as Pablo Neruda did.  His book of love poems is a must for anyone who loves poetry.

So for Day 3 – Pablo Neruda, enjoy!

 Carnal apple, Woman filled, burning moon

Carnal apple, Woman filled, burning moon,
dark smell of seaweed, crush of mud and light,
what secret knowledge is clasped between your pillars?
What primal night does Man touch with his senses?
Ay, Love is a journey through waters and stars,
through suffocating air, sharp tempests of grain:
Love is a war of lightning,
and two bodies ruined by a single sweetness.
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 blood
to precipitate a nocturnal carnation,
to be, and be nothing but light in the dark.


Luminous mind, bright devil

Luminous mind, bright devil
of absolute clusterings, of upright noon—:
here we are at last, alone, without loneliness,
far from the savage city’s delirium.

Just as a pure line describes the dove’s curve,
as the fire honors and nourishes peace,
so you and I made this heavenly outcome.
The mind and love live naked in this house.

Furious dreams, rivers of bitter certainty,
decisions harder than the dreams of a hammer
flowed into the lovers’ double cup,

until those twins were lifted into balance
on the scale: the mind and love, like two wings.
—So this transparency was built.


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