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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Friday, April 17, 2015

23. Las ascuas

Las ascuas de un crepúsculo morado...

I remember precisely when I read this poem by Machado, trying to puzzle it out in my deficient Spanish. My dad who knew no Spanish, overhearing me discuss it with a classmate of mine, suggested that the capitalized "Amor" was a statue of cupid. I was 17.

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