Saturday, August 24, 2019

Brian Beatty On Pablo Neruda

Borrowed Trouble: Micro Tribute to Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)

I wouldn’t write at all if it weren’t for myriad writers before me whose works showed me what was possible. The poems of this series are small offerings of respect, of thanks, to those muses. – Brian Beatty

Pablo Neruda

Even the cheeriest 
old-time banjo songs result in
death in the end.

So miners sing odes 
to their love coal as they disappear 
into the mountain.

No one talks about
the insulting politics of diamonds at work
above and below them.

– Brian Beatty


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1 comment:

  1. I'm not the first reader/writer to find inspiration in the poems of Pablo Neruda. His astonishing range as a poet means he offers something for everybody.

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