Sun on water makes a bee-line
for me: from horizon blaze to
amber rock pools where a cormorant
lifts its wings on the evening air,
it picks me out. Why, I know not,
but it lustres me, icons me,
privileges my being here,
and when I move on, it follows.
Robert Edward Gurney
Mar 11th, 2015
Were you inspired by Guillén or Salinas when writing 'Lustre'?
Mar 12th, 2015
Well spotted, Bob. Probably more by Guillen, I'd say. I spent time with him in Nerja in 1969, visiting him every other day for nearly a fortnight, then at his son Claudio's home in La Jolla California in 71. I was blown away by his kindness: me, a postgrad student, and he widely regarded then as Spain's greatest living poet. His existential theme 'fe de vida' went in through my pores, but I like to think the image of sun on water, moving when you move, is my own take.
There again, Salinas writes a lot on sea, for instance the 'mar de Puerto Rico' in his little known collection 'El contemplado', so who knows if there isn't something similar there?
Thanks for the observation.
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