The Poetry of Pablo Neruda by Pablo NerudaThe most comprehensive English-language collection of work ever by the greatest poet of the twentieth century - in any language - Gabriel García Márquez
In his work a continent awakens to consciousness. So wrote the Swedish Academy in awarding the Nobel Prize to Pablo Neruda, the author of more than thirty-five books of poetry and one of Latin Americas most revered writers, lionized during his lifetime as the peoples poet. This selection of Nerudas poetry, the most comprehensive single volume available in English, presents nearly six hundred poems. Scores of them are in new and sometimes multiple translations, and many accompanied by the Spanish original. In his introduction, Ilan Stavans situates Neruda in his native milieu as well as in a contemporary English-language one, and a group of new translations by leading poets testifies to Nerudas enduring, vibrant legacy among English-speaking writers and readers today.
An Evening of Poetry from the Horn of Africa
In December of , the mercurial French poet Arthur Rimbaud entered the ancient walled city of Harar, Ethiopia, a journey that had involved crossing the Gulf of Aden in a wooden dhow and 20 days on horseback through the Somali Desert. Then as now, Harar was a market town threaded with steep cobblestone alleys that wind between high limestone and tuff walls. Today those walls are painted with geometric designs in green, white, pink and blue. As one strolls down the narrow, mazelike streets lined with single-story dwellings, the city, fortified and enigmatic, feels closed off. In the densely populated Old City, there are over mosques and shrines, some dating to the 10th century. Occasionally one comes upon open-air markets where spices, khat leaves and coffee beans are sold in huge sacks.
Rimbaud was known to have been a libertine and a restless soul, having engaged in an at-times-violent romantic relationship with fellow poet Paul Verlaine , which lasted nearly two years. After ending his literary career, he traveled extensively on three continents as a merchant before his death from cancer just after his thirty-seventh birthday. Though the marriage lasted seven years, Captain Rimbaud lived continuously in the matrimonial home for less than three months, from February to May Throughout the five years that they attended the school, however, their formidable mother still imposed her will upon them, pushing them for scholastic success. She would punish her sons by making them learn a hundred lines of Latin verse by heart, and further punish any mistakes by depriving them of meals. Vigorously condemning a classical education as a mere gateway to a salaried position, Rimbaud wrote repeatedly, "I will be a rentier ". As a boy, Rimbaud was small and pale with light brown hair, and eyes that his lifelong best friend, Ernest Delahaye , described as "pale blue irradiated with dark blue—the loveliest eyes I've seen".
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Chaala Hailu Abata, an Ethiopian poet who was imprisoned and tortured in his country of origin for writing poetry critical of the regime, lives in safety in Sweden today. But his thoughts remain back in Ethiopia with the oppressed Oromo people. In this poem he inquires into their narrative—the narrative of the long-silenced people who lit and bore the torch of freedom during decades of oppression. This poem is motivated and written on the basis of certain speeches of Oromo politicians and mainly on the current political situation in Ethiopia. I have aligned myself with the majority of people whose voice is not yet heard; while some opportunists and those who have been defending the oppressors for decades are trying to tell us that people are liberated and gaining their freedom. I ask the majority of people who sacrificed everything, from material to life if they really won their freedom. I only hear empty voices but no truth.
Ethiopian poetry comprises of one of the many unique and amazing secrets held dearly by the people of Ethiopia. We are all aware of how little is known by non-Ethiopians about the countless rich and varied aspects of Ethiopian life. What's known is mostly acquired from scant and fragmented media reports about famine, poverty, social unrest, and so on. But this has only painted a weak representation, which falls far short of portraying a fascinating people, their country, and their history in their true likeness. The following poems of Ethiopia provide a small glimpse of an aspect of Ethiopian life that has had little, if any, external exposure.