Critical Writing: The Path of Poetry

The Path of Poetry

            In the search to understand one’s roots, a true awakening of one’s history and culture is inevitable. My parents are from South America. In their youth, they moved to New York City. There, they met and fell in love. Once they were married, they traveled to Florida to start a family. As a young Hispanic woman, experiencing the diversity of the United States permits a solid appreciation of what possibilities are available.

When asked to research a piece of writing relevant to our ethnic background, I sought the splendors of Hispanic poetry. I held no preference for a specific author or format, but knew the work must have a solid rhythm and flow. Being a woman, I wanted a female writer. Finally, I settled on a website that had a series of direct translations alongside the original Spanish works. I chose the poem “Esto Que Ves”, written by Teresa Aburto Uribe.

Uribe was born in Chile in 1965. She discovered her passion for writing at twelve years old, when she wrote a school play. Her work advanced into the art of poetry; she cultivated her talents by entering several literary competitions to assist in developing her networking skills, along with continued edification.

I selected Uribe and her poem “Esto Que Ves” because she is a Hispanic woman who writes poetry. Being a writer and poet myself, I enjoyed the thought of peering into the creative state of another Hispanic woman. Stylistically, she is to the point; using fierce, yet concise diction. Uribe directs her words, while allowing the reader to interpret each one, using his/her own life as a frame of reference. The structure of the poem pushes the reader to focus, helping the audience undertake the true complexity of each term. The tone of the poem is light and carefree, with strong sentiments of confidence and ability.

Constructed as a plea for self‑discovery and acceptance, this poem notes all the fickle facets of an individual. In mentioning the smallest aspects of behavior, she highlights the overpowering qualities of what it is to be human. For instance, she recognizes that in “un pedazo de ser” there is everything from “risas” to “suenos” to “locuras”. She shifts from these common subjects into vague, yet prevailing matters, such as “humanidad” and “espacio”.

Touching on universal topics like freedom, human interaction, along with the powers of influence and choice, Uribe allows the reader to visualize where he/she falls in the vast spectrum of consciousness. Being mindful of his/her place in life, one is able to ascertain a plan for progress. If one is clueless as to his/her influence on the world, he/she will be incapable of making a difference. Uribe provokes questions, permitting the audience to identify and grow. To do, you must know. When that’s done, let go, and learn to live.

Teresa Aburto Uribe — Chile (Translated by José Wan Díaz)

Esto que vesEsto que ves soy yo,
ni más, ni menos.
Un pedazo de Ser…
un trozo de humanidad…
un puñado de risas…
un montón de sueños.
Una cuota de locura…
un pedazo de dulzura
con toda mi sinceridad.
Esto que ves, soy yo,
ni más, ni menos.
Una mujer, a veces una niña,
a veces espacio…
a veces infinito…
a veces pasión…
a veces libertad.
Pero así, simplemente así soy yo.
Es todo lo que tengo,
todo lo que soy…
No es mucho… pero es todo.
This that you seeThis that you see is me,
no more, no less.
A piece of Being …
a portion of humanity …
a fistfull of laughter …
a pile of dreams.
A share of craziness …
a bit of sweetness
with all my sincerity.
This that you see, is me,
no more, no less.
A woman, sometimes a child,
sometimes space …
sometimes infinity …
sometimes passion …
sometimes freedom.
But like this, I am simply like this.
It’s all I have,
all I am …
It isn’t much … but it’s all.

http://www.poesiabreve.com/teresaburto-s.html

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