The World: A Teaspoonful from Neruda

THERE is something preposterous about picking individual poems or even collections out of this boundlessness," the Swedish Academy's secretary said last week of Pablo Neruda's work. It is "like bailing a 50,000-tonner with a teaspoon." Herewith a teaspoonful:

. . . look at me from the depths of the earth, tiller of fields, weaver, reticent shepherd . . . jeweler with crushed fingers . . . say to me: here I was scourged because a gem was dull or because the earth failed to give up in time its tithe of corn or stone. Point out to me the rock on...

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