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a new poem experiment inspired by, & in honor of, Pablo Neruda

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May. 17th, 2017 | 10:42 pm

process/form: approximately one poem per day, written on impulse without revisions, mimicking the basics of Neruda's form within "The Book of Questions."

about Neruda & "The Book of Questions":
"The Anglo-Saxon root of the word "question" is kuere, which meant to ask or seek, hence to gain or win. In Latin, it was quaerere and questum; in English it became quaestor and later "quest," "inquest," and "question." Other off-shoots of the root became "conquest," "inquire," and "acquire."

Neruda is interested in inquiring about the nature of things, a process initiated by asking questions rooted in experience, offering us what he intuits as true and does not understand. Rather than remain in control, he submerges himself in not-knowing, in the unknowable questions that enter the imagination. The poet is intent on distinguishing between what he believes in his heart and soul (gnosis), and received patterns of thinking and feeling that limit imagination and growth."
-- William O'Daly

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from: dearnabokov
date: May. 7th, 2008 07:09 am (UTC)

A favorite of mine:

i want the light
locked inside to awaken:
crystalline flower,
wake as i do:

eyelids raise the curtain
of endless earthen time
until deeply buried eyes
flash clear enough again
to see their own clarity.

--pablo neruda--

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from: letters_in_sand
date: Aug. 31st, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)

hiya, saw you at the former church thingy tonight. I like your stuff.

what a great event!!!!

adding you...

(oh, btw, I was the girl sitting in the back by the column, if you are wondering.)

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from: twitchingly
date: Aug. 31st, 2008 06:05 am (UTC)

thanks! i'm glad you enjoyed yourself!

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