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Author QuotedPablo Antonio Cuadra
Title QuotedJaguar y la luna : poemas
Date (Year/Month/Day)1958/05/03
ImprintBuenos Aires : Artes Graficas. [1959]
QuotationPablo Antonio Cuadra arrived with his wife last evening and left this afternoon. Read me some very fine poems - his latest - El jaguar y la luna - after showing me some Indian ceramic designs by which they were inspired. Fine short poems with a very high degree of mystical quality and power. Was deeply moved by dialogue of two stars (Indians believed warriors and mothers became "stars" in heaven because of their suffering). The warrior says he died that the future might be born and that he has not seen that future. This was what most moved me, because perhaps this also is my own destiny. All the poems had very impressive titles. Were at once very Asiatic and very American. This is the voice of the true America.
Quotation SourceA Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3, 1952-1960.; Edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 200
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