ONLINE CLASS: Octavio Paz: Observer and Interpreter of Silence (2296)

Four Tuesdays: November 1, (skip 8th), 15, 22, 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET Online

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$140.00 Per Person (10% off for members)

Out of silence Paz makes words. On the blank page he paints constellations of syllables and rhythms.  Standing on the balcony in Delhi, the myriad sounds of the city at night lie in front of him, the muezzin’s cries, the howls of birds and monkeys, and the decision, should he lean over on the balcony? Should he fall?

Born in 1914, Paz lived to 1998. He was a diplomat and poet. He won the Nobel Prize in 1990. He wrote essays, drama, travelogs and poems: poems about silence, the day, the night, solitude, lovemaking. He was an erotic poet who stood back and saw the coupling as if from a doorway, from the pillow, disembodied, and in the thrashing of the lovers. He was a poet who engaged and kept his distance. He advocated for the bow and the lyre. He devoted years to the study of the cloistered yet absolutely independent thinker, nun and poet Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz. He wrote three books about India, Ladera Este, El mono gramático, Vislumbres de la India. He served Mexico as its ambassador to India, Ceylon and Afghanistan.

During these four weeks, we will observe with Octavio Paz, as he studies the pachuco in Los Angeles, as he contemplates eros and love, and as he penetrates the shadows and the silence in profound poem after profound poem.  We will not cover all of Paz. Rather, we will seek intense glimpses (vislumbres) of his thought, philosophy, passions. We will observe with him as “ thought sees, while eyes think.”

We will read The Labyrinth of Solitude and The Double Flame, among his essays, and we will read selections from The Poems of Octavio Paz.

Four Tuesdays: November 1, (skip 8th), 15, 22, 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET Online

Week 1: Read The Labyrinth Of Solitude  and First Poems (Poems 1931-40) and Poems( 1941-1948) from The Poems of Octavio Paz

Week 2: Read The Double Flame and Eagle or Sun, Poems 1948-1957, and Sunstone from The Poems of Octavio Paz

Week 3: Read:  Salamander, East Slope and Blanco from The Poems of Octavio Paz

Week 4: Read Return 1969-1975, A Draft of Shadows, A Tree Within, Poems 1989-1996 from The Poems of Octavio Paz

Reading List:

The Poems of Octavio Paz (9780811227568)

The Labyrinth of Solitude (9780802150424)

The Double Flame (9780156003650)

Indran Amirthanayagam is an American diplomat, poetry publisher with Sara Cahill Marron at Beltway Editions(www.beltwayeditions.com); editor of The Beltway Poetry Quarterly (www.beltwaypoetry.com) and director of The Poetry Channel on Youtube. (youtube.com/user/indranam). He writes poetry in English, French, Spanish, Haitian Creole and Portuguese. He has published twenty two books, including Ten Thousand Steps Against the Tyrant, Blue Window (Ventana Azul), The Migrant States and Uncivil War.

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The Poems of Octavio Paz By Octavio Paz, Eliot Weinberger (Translated by), Elizabeth Bishop (Translated by), Paul Blackburn (Translated by), Denise Levertov (Translated by), Muriel Rukeyser (Translated by), Charles Tomlinson (Translated by) Cover Image
By Octavio Paz, Eliot Weinberger (Translated by), Elizabeth Bishop (Translated by), Paul Blackburn (Translated by), Denise Levertov (Translated by), Muriel Rukeyser (Translated by), Charles Tomlinson (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811227568
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Published: New Directions - February 27th, 2018

The Labyrinth of Solitude By Octavio Paz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802150424
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Published: Grove Press - January 12th, 1994

The Double Flame: Love and Eroticism By Octavio Paz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156003650
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Published: Ecco - June 1st, 1996