Nilda Barba

(text read during the presentation of the book, at the Cultural Center Recoleta, April 5, 2010)

Good evening, after the formal presentations; we have the possibility of saying and reflecting on the poetry of Nilda Barba and about poetry in general, some things. The first thing I want to say is something that Robert Frost once reflected. He said the following: "It is absurd to think that the only way to find out if a poem is enduring is to wait and see if it lasts. The good reader of a beautiful poem can affirm, at the very moment when he is impressed, that he has received a mortal wound, which will never be recovered from it. That is, the permanence of poetry, as in love, is perceived instantly. You should not wait for the test of time. The proof of a poem is not that we have never forgotten it, but we knew at first glance that we could never forget it. "

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Everything resounds as soon as the balance of things breaks. -The trees and the grass are silent: the wind stirs and resounds.
The water is silent: the air moves and resounds:
The waves mugen: something oppresses them: the waterfall rushes: it lacks soil; the lake boils: something warms it.
The metals and stones are mute but if something hits them, they resonate.
So the poet. If he speaks, he can not contain himself; if you are excited, sing; if he suffers, he laments.
Everything that comes out of his mouth in the form of sound is due to a break in balance. The most perfect of human sounds is the word, poetry in turn, is the most perfect form of the word and so, when the balance breaks the sky chooses among men those who are more sensitive and makes them resonate < /em>.

That's why I think that broken balance, was sought among the most sensitive and that's why, today in this beautiful party of poetry, Nilda Barba, sings.

  • Adam Floyd