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A Life Distilled Through Poetry

Author Amelia del Castillo explains what spurred her to release her first collection of bilingual poems.

A poet
is a wandering traveler
going when coming back
and when back, already gone.
He embraces the sun
to love
the night and with the moon
he sleeps
to love the sunlight.
Lonely among others
and in solitude surrounded
by goblins of voices and poetry.
 
A poet
carries in his quiver a carrousel
of ideas
and a spring of needles
which rises, bursts,
runs, reaches
and overtakes him
until making him a wandering traveler, again.

A poet...
is somber light
and brightened cloudiness

El poeta
es viajero errante que va
si está de vuelta, y si vuelve
ya se ha ido.
Arde al sol para cantar la noche
y con la luna duerme
para cantar el día.
Solo entre muchos, y en soledad
de voces y de duendes lleno.
 
El poeta
lleva en su carcaj un carrusel
de ideas, y un manantial de agujas
que brota, salta, corre, lo alcanza
y lo atraviesa hasta dejarlo
otra vez cantor errante.
 
El poeta…
es luz ensombrecida y sombra
iluminada.
   

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