For the past several weeks I have been asking friends, family, and colleagues what poem they plan to carry for Poem in Your Pocket Day. While poetry is desirable to me all year long, it’s lovely to have one month a year where we see an extra emphasis on poetry. Adding to the pleasure is a day of carrying and sharing poems for Poem in Your Pocket Day.
Today I am carrying Ode to the Book II by Pablo Neruda. I selected this poem because I really love Neruda’s poems, and I’m ruminating on a summer when my husband and I enjoyed reading Neruda’s poems together and drinking fine beverages from Chile. Since neither of us read Spanish, we were careful to select translations we thought would be reliable and settled on The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems edited by Mark Eisner. A City Lights Books publication, the selection includes the poems written in Spanish on one side of the page and in English on the other side.