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Dear Bargepeople

Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:39 pm
by pinocchio
Whom the Telling Changed

(Free download, or playable online.)

Re: Dear Bargepeople

Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:29 pm
by Songweaver
Always loved WtTC, but recently I've been really looking forward to the author's newest project:

Ice-Bound: A Novel of Reconfiguration

Re: Dear Bargepeople

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:29 pm
by pinocchio
Education of the Chieftain
by Pablo Neruda

Lautaro was a slender arrow,
Supple and blue was our father,
His first years were all silence,
His adolescence authority,
His youth an aimed wind,
He trained himself like a long lance,
He habituated his feet in cascades,
He schooled his head among thorns,
He executed the essays of the guanaco,
He lived in the burrows of the snow,
He ambushed the prey of eagles,
He scratched the secrets from the crags,
He allayed the petals of fire,
He suckled cold springtime,
He burned in infernal gorges,
He was a hunter among cruel birds,
His mantle was stained with victories,
He perused the night’s aggressions,
He bore the sulphur landslides,

He made himself velocity, sudden light,

He took the lassitude of Autumn,
He worked in the invisible haunts,
He slept under sheets of snowdrifts,
He equalled the conduct of arrows,
He drank wild blood on the roads,
He wrested treasure from the waves,
He made himself menace, like a somber god,
He ate from each fire of his people,
He learned the alphabet of the lightning,
He scented the scattered ash,
He wrapped his heart in black skins,

He deciphered the spiral thread of smoke,
He made himself out of taciturn fibres,
He oiled himself like the soul of the olive,
He became glass of transparent hardness,
He studied to be a hurricane wind,
He fought himself until his blood was extinguished,
Only then was he worthy of his people.

Translator unknown; original available here.

Re: Dear Bargepeople

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:11 am
by Songweaver
Pablo Neruda's poetry is great (particularly his stuff that isn't focused on love and emulating love sonnets). I really like this poem, but my favorite's 'The People'. In its own way, I feel like it's relevant to the Bargepeople too (though, perhaps, not as keenly as the above piece).