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Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon by Pablo Neruda
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Jun 25, 12

bookshelves: poetry
Read in June, 2012

These poems, translated into English on the right side of each spread, are so clear that I can remember the exact words later-- rather than just the idea or the picture. For me, that's a miracle to be able to remember the exact words of something. Here is someone who truly uses words well. I've been contemplating his phrase about cabbages "trying on skirts" in the garden, and his reference to the unity of a "generous ocean" for a month.
So these poems are somehow solid, more real, than most words I've ever read. I actually cried over his dde to an onion, maybe the best poem I've ever read. I'm not exaggerating. These poems are so good, I've decided to memorize some in both English and Spanish. These poems are so good, they could be used to each Spanish. These poems are so good, I might actually learn to like reading poetry. Yes, I said that.
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