Borges walked the aisles of library upon library,
his hand on the arm of a lovely assistant.
Mothered & honored, a reader,
a writer, poet & lecturer. A blind seer
speaking into auditoriums, from memory,
Borges, I too am moved by a love
of story & the sound of voices. A proud
citizen of one place & every place I read.
What do you see when you look within?
Do you remember a terrain before
[Modeled after Clint Smith's "How Malcolm Learned to Read". Inspired by Borges's 1967-1968 Norton Lectures at Harvard and of course, by this]
7 responses to “borges y yo.”
I enjoyed your short, pithy poem. I love your title in Spanish. My favorite line is “a proud citizen of one place and every place I read.”- Fantastic. And the part the will remain in my thoughts is the last- “do you remember a terrain before the darkness?” I wonder, what would I remember?
Thank you so much! Increasingly I’m working in poetry because I write with my students in short bursts every day.
If you like the title, you’ll love Borges’s short essay : ) http://www.cs.northwestern.edu/~fabianb/borgesandi.html
Joel, this is both a wonderful tribute to Borge’s and a lovely response to Clint Smith’s poem. I need to read more Borges and about his blindness. I suspect he does have memories of “terrain before the darkness.” BTW, your poem sparks memories of my father, his blindness, his reading, his holding my arm as my eyes saw for us both.
Thanks so much, Glenda! I used to close my AP lit with Labyrinths, and I miss it a lot. Oh, and judging from those Norton Lectures, Borges remembered *everything* : )
So glad you’ve joined this community of Slicers Joel. Your secondary lens pushes me to think deeply about my own inspirations for my daily post. This poem is deep, rhythmic, and thought-provoking. Like Clint Smith, you’ve captured the essence of a beloved author and the ripples of his influence on literature so well.
Thanks so much! A lot of what I’ll probably post was created with a mentor text — my students really love having a model to work from 🙂
Welcome to the SOLSC community challenge!
Thanks for sharing your poem, and admiration of Borges.
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