Sunday, August 5, 2012
A Book By Pablo Neruda
A great lion arrived far afar
it was huge as silence...
It found only solitude.
It roared of shyness and hunger:
it could eat only air,
seafoam unpunished by the coast,
frozen sea lettuce,
breeze the color of birds...
Melancholy lion from another planet...
In the introduction to this book, Neruda says, "I came to live in Isla Negra in 1939 and the coast was strewn with these extraordinary presences of stone and they spoke to me in a hoarse and drenching language, a jumble of marine cries and primal warnings. Because of this, the book, adorned with portraits of creatures of stone, is a conversation that I open to all poets of the earth, so that it may be continued by all to encounter the secret of stone and of life."
While in very good condition overall, this book arrived imbued with a thick, musty old book smell. I couldn't look through it without sneezing. But there is a cure! I found this online. Here's what you do: Get a plastic box with a tight-fitting lid. Fill the bottom with kitty litter. Put the book in an open cardboard box inside the first box, then close the plastic lid. Leave it there until the smell is gone. It works! No more sneezing!