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Poetry Room Holds Reading of Pablo Neruda Poems

Pablo Neruda -- In honor of the centennial of the poet's birth, The George Edward Woodberry Poetry Room will host "The Poems of Pablo Neruda," at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum Lecture Hall on Wednesday, March 17, at 7:00 pm.

March 11, 2004 - Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), Chilean poet and diplomat, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971 "for a poetry that with the action of an elemental force brings alive a continent's destiny and dreams." He is regarded as the most widely read Latin-American poet – his second book of poetry, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, has sold over a million copies since it first appeared in 1924 – and is perhaps most well known for his work concerning political struggle in South America. In honor of the centennial of his birth, The George Edward Woodberry Poetry Room will host The Poems of Pablo Neruda, at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum Lecture Hall on Wednesday, March 17, at 7:00 pm.

The reading will serve as a tribute to Neruda, as well as a chance to bring his poems breath and life. It will feature Ilan Stavans, editor of the new, highly acclaimed collection of Neruda’s work, The Poetry of Pablo Neruda (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Inc, April 2003). In addition, the reading will include Marjorie Agosín, award-winning Chilean poet, short-story writer, human rights activist and author of Pablo Neruda (Twayne Publishers, 1986); Dr. Rafael Campo, a Cuban-American poet, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and doctor of internal medicine at Harvard Medical School; and Latino poet Martín Espada, sometimes called "the Pablo Neruda of North American authors." Other presenters include Oratory Jorie Graham, Harvard’s Boylston Professor of Rhetoric, Pulitzer prize winner and former director of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and D.A. Powell, Harvard’s Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry, and recent recipient of the Larry Levis Prize from Prairie Schooner and Boston Review's annual poetry award.

For details on The Poems of Pablo Neruda contact Don Share, Curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room, at (617) 495-2454 or share@fas.harvard.edu.

In conjunction with the reading, the exhibition, A Celebration of Pablo Neruda, 1904-1973 is open at the Houghton Library through April 1 in the Amy Lowell Room and Chaucer Case. Items featured include manuscript drafts of Neruda’s plays, letters to the Argentine literary figure Victoria Ocampo, and various first editions of Neruda’s poetry that were published in Chile, Argentina, and Spain.



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