Honoring Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), “Twenty Poems of Love and a Song of Despair” will debut with a reception Saturday, Sept, 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Expressiones Cultural Center in New London.
Artists include: Diane Barceló, Lori Blados, Ronald Crusan, Mark Dixon Ana Flores, Guido Garaycochea, John Kotula, Julia Pavone Linda Peduzzi and Yolanda Petrocelli.
The show runs through Nov. 6.
The show’s name is taken from Neruda’s collection of romantic and sometimes erotic poems, Veinte Poemas De Amor Y Una Canción Desesperada. Published in 1924, when the Neruda was 19, the collection established him as as established poet, but also received criticism for its sexual content, particularly given the author’s youth. In 1971 Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Sounds like a very deep well for artists.
Shall we sample from that well right now? An excerpt:
Oh the bitten mouth, oh the kissed limbs,
oh the hungering teeth, oh the entwined bodies.
Oh the mad coupling of hope and force
in which we merged and despaired.
And the tenderness, light as water and as flour.
And the word scarcely begun on the lips.
This was my destiny and in it was my voyage of my longing,
and in it my longing fell, in you everything sank!
Oh pit of debris, everything fell into you,
what sorrow did you not express, in what sorrow are you not drowned!
(From “A Song of Despair”)
Oh yes, artists. You have a lot to live up to!