“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” (Dead Poet’s Society)
Poesý 20/10 celebrates the essence of life that flows and is felt through poetry. That emerges from the soul of beings known throughout the ages as poets. It’s them who for two consecutive weeks and with their unique voices, coming from various corners of the world, come together to celebrate an art that is a lifestyle and part of their being. Mark Strand, “Eating Poetry, 1968 Reasons for Moving,” says,
“Ink runs from the corners of my mouth
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.”
The poet’s soul nurtures on poetry and this in turn becomes not only nourishment, but a lifestyle: “Poetry is something that walks on the street” (Federico García Lorca). Its feelings become main characters ready to take center stage and satisfy all those who want it. Here the transformation begins and they pass slowly, sometimes with wild frenzy, into words. Is a language like no other, a code that lives in the very fiber of what is written.
“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” (Robert Frost).
But there’s more,
“Poetry is ordinary language raised to the nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.” (Paul Engle, New York Times, 17 February 1957)
Poesý 20/10, homage to the poetry, is a stage for those who have been seduced by it. For ten days, twenty poets from various corners of the world, with different poetic styles and in two languages, such as Mink, will be felt in this literary corner.
It is an honor and a delight to have them in my home and be their host. I thank them from the bottom of my soul, which has also been seduced by poetry, which they have accepted to participate in this event. They will fill our lives, for two delicious weeks, with their unique talent and I extend to you the readers, their audience, to join us and fill the stage with your comments and if your inspired, with your verses and poems. “To have great poets there must be great audiences too.” (Walt Whitman).
The poets that will participate in Poesý 20/10 are, like I have mentioned before from various countries. From Spain will be visited by Silvia Ochoa, Carolina Torrecilla and Francisco Bermejo. Latin America can be felt through the voices of Micella Rivera from Panamá; Colombian Jorge Oswaldo Torres; Ofelia Baldera Gallego from Argentina, Mexican Irma Zermiño and Viktoria Valenzuela, and Chilean Laura Aurora Tamborini. From the United States Nilki Benitez, a Latina of Colombian lineage. Of Caribbean roots, and residents of the United States, Dominican César Vargas, and Puerto Ricans George “Urban Jibaro” Torres and Efraín Nieves. Finally, from Puerto Rico Nicole Bordali, Rafael A. Rodríguez, Libby Lu Vázquez, Enrique Jiménez, MethaFour Da Percursive Word, Zamantha de Jesús and Jonatán Cuevas.
But don’t think you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for some poetry. No! I have a special guest who will open our event today. A “boricua” in Maryland, my friend Deborah Deck-Suárez from Thirty Creative Studios will open this event today. I’ll tell you a secret, today is her Bday! Congrats to Deb and many blessings to her.
The only thing I ask of you is to be respectful with your comments; so please, don’t insult the form of expression of others!
I want to thank our graphic designer and my good friend Azalea Firpi from Firpi X Designs for the magnificent logo of Poetrý 20/10 and flyer she design for this event. It was just what I wanted and portrayed the essence of Mink. To Rafael A. Rodríguez, one of our poets and also a photographer, for taking the photo that serves as background for the event flyer. Also to poet Libby Juliá for introducing me to poets Efraín Nieves, Viktoria Valenzuela and César Vargas; to Ivy, an unconditional friend, who introduce me to young local poet Jonatán Cuevas. Last, but not least, a special thanks to our guest and friend, Deborah Deck-Suárez for honoring us with her poetry today.
If you cannot visit Mink every day and enjoy the poetry, enter your email address in the box that’s in the side column, this way the daily poems will arrive to your email. You also have the option to join us via Twitter!
With this said, I’ll see you tomorrow at Poesý 20/10. ™
By Deborah Deck-Suárez
The sorrows of my heart
only my soul knows.
It is the reality of my passion,
that’s unknown to my mind.
They are the adventures of my being,
those that my dreams desire,
the ones that suffer
when your hands are gone.
Loneliness takes the opportunity
of my ethereal hope.
a passing shadow.
Empowered with the bravery of others,
I exceed day by day.
With full necessity
I agonize for what might be.
Many hours were lost,
my soul still longs.
Thousands of candid afternoons
for which my skin implores.
Hiding in your lips were
the shortcomings of my being.
In worlds that allowed me
to dream you till dawn.
In short, my soul hides
in a secluded place,
responding to my calls
only when it sees you come.
I know it’s by your side
and will not miss me.
Lost traveler soul
you must tell all.
©Deborah Deck-Suárez. All rights reserved. Transalted by AR de Hernández
Deborah Deck-Suarez is a long name and compound that exemplifies bilingualism the author’s writings. Since childhood she leaned towards writing, but never decided to follow her instincts. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Architecture from Hampton University, VA; it was there that her interest in writing and creating websites began to resurrect. In recent years, Deb has worked to reinvent her passion for writing. Most of these reflect the nuance of platonic love. At present, the writer is in a time of rediscovery of her roots, her yearning for the island and the need to convey what it means to be Puerto Rican. Currently, Deb resides in Maryland with her family and is dedicated to the development of her first book of anthologies.
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