Poetry

Maple al'Tree

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Anyone like to read poetry? Do you have any favourite poems or poets? My favourite poet is Pablo Neruda:

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
 
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I like the french romantic and symbolist poets. My mother language is French so when I studied Literature in College I studied French Literature of course. I like Baudelaire, Verlaine, Gautier, Lamartine, Nerval, Rimbeau, Mallarmé, Nelligan, Apollinaire, and a few more I'm forgetting.
 
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I read a lot of contemporary poetry though older stuff too. My fave is Geoffrey Hill, also Mary Karr and Dana Gioia. I idolize TS Eliot and Hopkins.
This is one of my faves from Hill’s book Tenebrae (darkness) called Lachrimae Amantis (The Lover’s Tears)

What is there in my heart that you should sue
so fiercely for its love? What kind of care
brings you as though a stranger to my door
through the long night and in the icy dew

seeking the heart that will not harbour you,
that keeps itself religiously secure?
At this dark solstice filled with frost and fire
your passion’s ancient wounds must bleed anew.

So many nights the angel of my house
has fed such urgent comfort through a dream,
whispered “your lord is coming, he is close”

that I have drowsed half-faithful for a time
bathed in pure tones of promise and remorse:
“tomorrow I shall wake to welcome him.”
 
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