Chilean Poetry

What is it about Chile that produces such world class writers? Chilean poets Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda won Nobel Prizes for literature; the first in 1945 and the second in 1971. Gabriela Mistral was the first Latin American to win the prize. Is it Chile's varied landscape, from desert to glaciers, from mountains to … Continue reading Chilean Poetry

Poetry Path

I began writing poems when I was in elementary school. After the funeral of my great grandmother when I was 9, I wrote: Ashes to ashes dust to dust. Die we don’t want to but die we must. As a high school senior, I was fortunate to study with an English teacher who required we … Continue reading Poetry Path

Guatemalan Fabric

Two of my favorite travelers are in Guatemala this week. Their visit to the northernmost Spanish-speaking country in Central America reminded me of a poem I wrote on the plane home from my time in Antigua. Guatemala I flew into the unknown, to a volcanic land where an agrarian people weave cotton cloth in bright … Continue reading Guatemalan Fabric