ABOUT Pablo Neruda: the Poet as Muse

Pablo Neruda: the Poet as Muse is the culmination of a semester at St. Mary's University in which students and faculty joined with faculty members and musicians from the University of Valparaiso, Chile, in celebrating the centennial of the birth of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. The book is the project of an advanced English class conducted by Dr. Gwendolyn Díaz of the St. Mary's University Department of English. The works in the book, art and poetry, are by students in the class and were inspired by the poetry of Pablo Neruda.

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Pablo Neruda: The Poet as Muse
Poetry and Art by St. Mary's University Students

ISBN: 1-931247-28-5 $10

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Editors: Gwendolyn Díaz, Brett Kaufman, Sara Reinhard, Fernanda Ruiz and Richard Thames

"Neruda once suggested that his words be poured, like wine, 'into the glasses of other languages.' Here we find just such a communion with the voices and vision of Neruda — a highly creative, ethnically and politically diverse, multimedia homage to the master. Neruda loved the idea of continuance — of both love and literature. Pablo Neruda: The Poet as Muse would make him smile."

Bryce Milligan, author of Alms for Oblivion

Samples from the Book:

Fernando Ruiz's Sculpture

Inspired by Neruda's "Ode to a Chair"

Torre de Luz

Torre de Lus, bella tristeza.

Tu ojo, brillando sobre un mar violento, turbulento.

Tu ojo, brillando como la última estrella del cielo,

El cielo donde busco esa estrella que me guía estando perdido.

Tu belleza, visible, perfora miles de millas.

Tú eres la reina de este mar.

Tú eres la que dicta el meneo.

Estás sola.

No sabes que esperas pero te mantienes firme, brillando.

¿Para que brillas?

¿Para que brillas si inundas, despiadadamente a los que se acercan?

Torre de Luz, mi torre,

Sigue brillando.

—Rafael Díaz

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