Daily Archives: February 14, 2008

Ode to the Book


When I close a book
I open life.
I hear
faltering cries
among harbours.
Copper ignots
slide down sand-pits
to Tocopilla.
Night time.
Among the islands
our ocean
throbs with fish,
touches the feet, the thighs,
the chalk ribs
of my country.
The whole of night
clings to its shores, by dawn
it wakes up singing
as if it had excited a guitar.
The ocean’s surge is calling.
The wind
calls me
and Rodriguez calls,
and Jose Antonio–
I got a telegram
from the “Mine” Union
and the one I love
(whose name I won’t let out)
expects me in Bucalemu.
No book has been able
to wrap me in paper,
to fill me up
with typography,
with heavenly imprints
or was ever able
to bind my eyes,
I come out of books to people orchards
with the hoarse family of my song,
to work the burning metals
or to eat smoked beef
by mountain firesides.
I love adventurous
books of forest or snow,
depth or sky
but hate
the spider book
in which thought
has laid poisonous wires
to trap the juvenile
and circling fly.
Book, let me go.
I won’t go clothed
in volumes,
I don’t come out
of collected works,
my poems
have not eaten poems–
they devour
exciting happenings,
feed on rough weather,
and dig their food
out of earth and men.
I’m on my way
with dust in my shoes
free of mythology:
send books back to their shelves,
I’m going down into the streets.
I learned about life
from life itself,
love I learned in a single kiss
and could teach no one anything
except that I have lived
with something in common among men,
when fighting with them,
when saying all their say in my song.

Pablo Neruda

Music + Reading = Shameless Plug

What I’ve come to notice with many of my friends is that when there is a deeply rooted love of books, then there is a same amount of passion for music.

I love creativity in all forms (except for modern art…Jackson Pollock just goes over my head). Music is a major source of inspiration and ideas. I’m one of those people that when I say I listen to all kinds of music, it is all encompassing. I’ll give anything a try, and I think the general public should too.

So, this post is nothing more than a shameless plug for two of my friends/co-workers that are trying to get their creativity out there to the public through good music.

The Whiskey Avengers
The Mumlers

Both bands are amazing, funky and do not fall into your usual categories of indie/local bands. Both groups are ensemble groups with 5 or more band members, everyone playing more than 1 instrument with great lyrics and just overall great chemistry.