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I painted this shelve thing about 3 years ago and just now I found out this poem was written by Tomas Segovia.

This is an excerpt from “The Willow and the Spiral: Essays on Octavio Paz and the Poetic Imagination” by Roberto Cantu

Paz’s views on art and poetry, understood as “the other voice,” have been summarized and discussed in many publications (34). He wrote numerous essays and gave countless interviews in which he talks about poetry as a redeeming activity that can give us a true appreciation of the human experience. His Nobel lecture (1990), entitled “In Search of the Present,” revolves around the idea that poetry helps us find “the present,” that is to say both the now and the timeless. Systematic examination and explanation of social phenomena fail to capture an essential part, the one that poetry, defined broadly, scrutinizes. In a letter to Tomas Segovia (dated 27 May 1967), Paz affirms: “No hay que tratar de decirlo todo. Hay que dejar el lenguaje (y al lector) que diga algo por nosotros. Tal vez lo esencial, lo que nosotros no podemos decir.”(35) What we can’t quite say and yet can be expressed, with la otra voz, is what poetry (and I believe by extension, artcan deliver and in doing so enrich our human experience. At the beginning there was poetry, born with language itself and transmitted orally before the invention of writing. There is no civilization without poetry. (page 152)

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