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PostAn International Poetry Event, and a Poem by Jose Rizal (Francisco Ramirez, USA, 11/19/20 5:43 am)
Congratulations to Enrique Torner! A class project that becomes an international poetry recital is a tradition worthy of praise.
Alas, I think that here at Stanford, we will be in Zoom mode for all of the academic year. I hope I am wrong.
PS: An odd question: Do you know the poem "Mi último adiós" (My Last Farewell) by José Rizal? John E does because he has read Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities. It is so much better in Spanish than in English.
JE comments: Project Gutenberg has a beautiful edition of Rizal's poem, including his handwritten draft. Click below. Rizal's "Adiós" was not an exaggeration: the Spanish colonial authorities executed him shortly after. And this was in 1896, just one year after the cursed Spaniards killed another poetic genius half a world away in Cuba: José Martí.
I've always wondered: If I had an imminent appointment with the firing squad, could I be so articulate? Don't think so...