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Octavio Paz, from The Dialectic of Solitude; The Labyrinth of Solitude & Other Writings (tr. by Lysander Kemp), 1950
What we ask of love (which, being desire, is a hunger for communion, a will to fall and to die as well as to be reborn) is that it give us a bit of true life, of true death. We do not ask it for happiness or repose, but simply for an instant of that full life in which opposites vanish, in which life and death, time and eternity are united.
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Octavio Paz, from A Draft of Shadows (tr. by Eliot Weinberger)
Like drizzle on embers,
footsteps within me step
toward places that turn to air.
Names: they vanish
in a pause between two words.
The sun walks through the rubble
of what I’m saying;
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Octavio Paz, from A Draft of Shadows (tr. by Eliot Weinberger)
Heard by the soul, footsteps
in the mind more than shadows,
shadows of thought more than footsteps
through the path of echoes
that memory invents and erases:
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Octavio Paz, from Sunstone (tr. by Eliot Weinberger)
the rotten masks that divide one man
from another, one man from himself,
they crumble
for one enormous moment and we glimpse
the unity that we lost, the desolation
of being man, and all its glories,
sharing bread and sun and death,
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Octavio Paz, from A Draft of Shadows (tr. by Eliot Weinberger)
it is always the same day, the same night always,
time has not yet been invented,
the sun has not grown old,
this snow is the same as grass,
always and never the same,
it has never rained, it always rains,
everything is being, and has never been,
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Octavio Paz, from Sunstone (tr. by Eliot Weinberger)
your face is all the faces and none,
you are all the hours and none,
you’re a tree and a cloud, all the birds
and a single star, the edge of the sword
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En esta novela de Laura Esquivel, el papel de la mujer se ve replegado a tareas tradicionales del hogar. A pesar de las limitaciones, Tita encuentra su empoderamiento a través de la cocina, un espacio tradicionalmente femenino y represivo. Encuentra su voz y compañía a través de la comida que prepara, y vierte parte de sí en ésta, al punto de que las personas que la ingieren se ven afectadas por las emociones que sentía Tita mientras cocinaba.

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