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Collected and compiled by
JCGS Poetry Editor, Steve Berman
send submissions to StvBerman@aol.com

El Jaleo 
John Singer Sargent -- American painter  
1882  


picasso
The Old Guitar Player,
1903
Pablo Picasso



Guitar on a Table
Juan Gris, 1887-1927, Spanish

Two poems of
Federico Garcia-Lorca (1898-1936)

The Six Strings - Las Seis Cuerdas

At a sign from the guitar
Dreams start to weep.
Sighs of lost souls
Escape from its round mouth.
Like the tarantula it weaves a star
To catch the sighs that float
In its dark well of wood.

The Guitar - La Guitarra

As the guitar begins to weep
The crystal cups of daylight shatter.
As the guitar begins to weep.

It's useless
To stop it.
Impossible
To stop it.

It's cry drones on, monotonous
as crying waters,
As the wind cries
Over the snow-swept hills.

Impossible
To stop it.

It cries for far-off things:
Sands of the burning South
that long for white camelias;
Arrow without target,
Evening
With no tomorrow,
And the first sparrow dead
Upon the branch.

Oh guitar!
Great heart
Wounded by five swords.

translations by Steve Berman
Ashland 2003


Request

Please love me
and I will play for you
this poem
upon the guitar
I myself made
out of cardboard and black threads
when I was ten years old.
Love me or else.

Franz Wright

 

Duende

"The duende is a power...it is a struggle...
the duende climbs up inside you, from the
soles of the feet."

from "In Search of Duende"
Federico Garcia Lorca

 

 

The guitar is a difficult mistress
--never a lover, for whoever
holds this instrument, male
or female, must be the lover,

the one who presses, gives,
bending to her moods, attentive
to her wooden heart--she forever
coy, forever the seductress.

Reluctantly, the lover lays her
gently down. Exhausted, bent,
with aching joints and tendons--
tenderly the lover lays her down.

Oh, Lorca! I have found my
deep song, the dark wooden
hollow of my mistress's heart.
I have found my instrument,

but I cannot make her speak.


Liz Vesecky

 

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