Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EST November 8th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session!

For this session we close-read the poem Baruch Spinoza by Jorge Luis Borges, posted below.

Our prompt for this session was: “In the margins of the manuscript, leave a message for the philosopher.”

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Baruch Spinoza by Jorge Luis Borges

Bruma de oro, el occidente alumbra
la ventana. El asiduo manuscrito
aguarda, ya cargado de infinito.
Alguien construye a Dios en la penumbra.
Un hombre engendra a Dios. Es un judío
de tristes ojos y de piel cetrina;
lo lleva el tiempo como lleva el río
una hoja en el agua que declina.
No importa. El hechicero insiste y labra
a Dios con geometría delicada;
desde su enfermedad, desde su nada,
Sigue erigiendo a Dios con la palabra.
El más pródigo amor le fue otorgado,
el amor que no espera ser amado.
Baruch Spinoza by Jorge Luis Borges

A haze of gold, the Occident lights up
The window. Now, the assiduous manuscript
Is waiting, weighed down with the infinite.
Someone is building God in a dark cup.
A man engenders God. He is a Jew
With saddened eyes and lemon-colored skin;
Time carries him the way a leaf, dropped in
A river, is borne off by waters to
Its end. No matter. The magician moved
Carves out his God with fine geometry;
From his disease, from nothing, he's begun
To construct God, using the word. No one
Is granted such prodigious love as he;
The love that has no hope of being loved.
         


Spanish; trans. Willis Barnstone

6 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EST November 8th 2021

  1. al3793

    Blessed are we
    Baruch
    no matter
    no importa

    from our nothingness
    dede su nada
    we come to be

    from a love that
    desires us so
    to freely love
    expecting nothing
    in return
    but waits none the less.

    Andre

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  2. In the margins of the manuscript, I have left a message~~~

    Who am I? What am I?
    Are you benevolent and giving of knowledge?

    The universe wraps me in its arms but yet I feel so cold.
    Where do I seek to find warmth and love to rekindle the spirit?
    As I look up to the heavens to invoke God’s aid,
    does He see me, or has He turned his head to the side?
    To give is better than to receive and I repeat this to quiet the queries.

    There must be love for the universe to survive.
    I cast out my love, hoping it finds a waiting home.
    So many questions waiting for answers, as I gaze out the window and watch my petitions floating upward.
    And I wait and listen.

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  3. Amor que no espera ser amado
    Amor que perdona
    Y es perdonado
    El sol escapa esa cetrina piel
    Mas jamás será de hiel
    Sino tambaleante como la sien
    O creciente como la semilla ardiente
    Radiante como una novia candente
    O como un hombre sin dientes
    O una viuda en ciernes.
    Pasión
    Pasión no de romántico guión
    Sino de entrega sin remisión
    Que es sentir tu amor
    En lo más profundo de mi corazón
    Love doesn’t wait to be loved
    Love of forgiveness
    And is forgiven
    The sun runs away the white face
    But never will be hatred
    Instead moving like the hot seed growing
    Beauty like a waiting bride
    Or like a bare teeth man
    Or a widow to be
    Passion
    Not in a romantic plot
    But that of tender
    Meaning feeling your love
    In muy heart’s depth

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