The picture above was taken by a dear friend, the American poet Debra Kang Dean (please do not use it without permission). I met Debra three years before, when I went to Walden to work with his late husband Brad, a great Thoreau scholar. Once we spent hours tracking this quotation: "Some men go fishing all their lives without ever realizing it's not fish they are after." We concluded that Thoreau never wrote it, but si non è vero...
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Los peligros de la poesia-rekiko arriskuak
"If I don't take the risk, I'll wind up with a bloodless poem. I have to be out there on the edge," says Ted Kooser in his book about the poetry toolkit. He likens the process to the movie Modern Times, where Charlie Chaplin roller skates blindfolded on a department store balcony to impress a woman. "You have to run the risk of falling down into ladies ready to wear."
O sea, el poeta como ese patinador que, con los ojos vendados, y a riesgo de caerse sobre los trapos finos, consigue mantenerse en pie justo al borde del sentimentalismo, el prosaismo y otros riesgos del oficio.