many, the sea has been the source of awe, fear, and wonder,
and sometimes a lifetime of devotion. Such was the case for
Pablo Neruda, and he never veered far from it. Neruda lived
the last 20 years of his life in a house perched above the
Pacific, called Isla Negra. With the sea as a daily presence,
he referred to himself as an armchair sailor.
Pablo Neruda (1904-73), one of the most renowned poets of the twentieth century, was born in Parral, Chile. He shared the World Peace Prize with Paul Robeson and Pablo Picasso in 1950, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971.
Alastair Reid is a poet, a prose writer, a translator, and a traveler. He has published more than thirty books -- poems, prose chronicles, translations -- and has translated the work of many Latin American writers, Borges and Neruda in particular.
Mary Heebner is a visual artist whose paintings and artists books are in several collections, museums and libraries internationally.
Audio segment - Lynn Neary, NPR interview with Alastair Reid, April 5, 2004