The Lull of Twilight [Over Mantaro Valley] In English and Spanish

Twilight, was now beginning. As for

the sun, it was down-down over
the Mantaro Valley of Peru. The softness
of the Valley's mist, covered everything;
from the Andes to the Valley?and
through

(then I noticed)

?the color of charcoal blended into earth

and sky-; ebbing between this was the
mystery of twilight (the parting of day, for
the birth of night); where little, to nothing
was said-where motion was almost dead
(between man and beast); but not nature!

'Tis a time unto itself-between calm and

caution, silent oblivion and night; even
the shadows and shades surrender, mind-
to-mind with their earthy hoists, for a
moment?.

'Tis the moment of sunset, when light

is thin and narrow, and shadows
emerge; thus, day and night become one
-with two-natures; stretched-out, glowing
above and within the horizon.

The twittering of birds, the rustle of trees,

children readying for sleep-; an overall
stagnation in life, comes over the valley,
even the spirits stand still in abnormal
silence, and gaze.

Notes by the author: "For me, twilight seems to lure and lull the soul into a deceptive confidence; yet it remains an enticement, bait for the most part, that attracts most living things into a glowing sensation; perhaps God's way of numbing us for a moment, while the earth orbits around the sun, and the moon around the earth, all pulling forces on us small human beings-perchance, it is needed for a moments stillness on the soul."

In Spanish

La Calma del Crepúsculo
(Sobre el valle del Mantaro)

El crepúsculo, ahora estaba comenzando. Entonces para
El sol, esto estaba cayendo-cayendo sobre
El valle del Mantaro de Perú. La suavidad.
De la niebla del valle, cubrió todo;
Desde los Andes hacia el valle-y A través

(Luego yo noté)

El color del carbón vegetal mezclado entre tierra
Y el cielo-; refluyendo entre esto era el

misterio del crepúsculo (la partida del día, para
El nacimiento de la noche); donde poco o nada
Fue dicho-donde el movimiento estaba casi muerto
(Entre el hombre y la bestia); ¡pero sin naturaleza!

Junta un tiempo consigo mismo entre la calma y
La precaución, olvido silencioso y noche; aún
Las sombras y sombras rondando mente

a mente con sus grúas terrosas por un momento?

Junta el momento de la puesta de sol, cuando la luz
Es delgada y estrecha, y las sombras
surgen; mas, día y noche llegan a ser uno
-con dos naturalezas; estrechadas, encendidas
Sobre y dentro del horizonte.

El cantar de los pajaritos, el crujido de los árboles,
Los niños listos para dormir-; y sobretodo
Un estancamiento total de la vida, viene sobre el valle,
Aun los espíritus parados todavía en un anormal
Silencio, y mirada fija.

Notas por el autor: "Para mi, el Crepúsculo parece atraer y calmar El alma dentro de una confidencia engañosa; todavía permanece una tentación, Cebo por así decirlo, que atrae mas cosas vivientes dentro de una sensación Encendida; talvez el camino de Dios entumeciéndonos por un momento, Mientras la tierra orbita alrededor del sol, y la luna alrededor de la tierra todas Las fuerzas jalando sobre nosotros pequeños humanos seres- posiblemente, Esto es necesario para momentos calmados sobre el alma".

Dennis Siluk is the author of many books, his most recent being, "Spell of the Andes," and is working on two more. A prolific writer, he lives in Lima, Peru and Minnesota. His site is http://dennissiluk.tripod.com you can see his book as http://www.amazon.com

In The News:


5 Poetry Forms That Make Editors Sit Up And Take Notice
Huffington Post
April is National Poetry Month, a time when poets and would-be bards alike turn their attention to verses both free and formal. If you're going to write poetry, why not try giving your work a unique twist, something that editors of literary magazines ...


New York Daily News

Poetry Pulitzer back in Brooklyn
New York Daily News
Brooklyn-based poet Vijay Seshadri has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, one of several Graywolf Press Brooklyn-based poet Vijay Seshadri has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, one of several Brooklyn-connected poets who have won the prestigious prize.


BU Today

Irish-born poet celebrated for his wit, use of puns
BU Today
Paul Muldoon, who won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2003 for his collection Moy Sand and Gravel, will be the featured poet at tonight's Robert Lowell Memorial Poetry Reading. Photo by Michael Potiker. Paul Muldoon is accomplished at so many things ...
CK Williams on his foray into prose poetryWashington Post
Bucknell's Poetry Path is public art meant to be heard: Not far by carThe Patriot-News
WDN Poetry Contest finalist: The BridgeWinona Daily News
The Philadelphia Tribune -WTVY, Dothan -Corvallis Gazette Times
all 21 news articles »

FOX 4 Young Achiever finds power in poetry
fox4kc.com
Performing his own deeply intimate and revealing poetry on the stage of Raytown High School, FOX 4 Reaching 4 Excellence Young Achiever Will Adams defies easy descriptions and stereotypes and expectations. “People think, 'Oh, he's your average black ...


Paste Magazine

It's National Poetry Month, Watch David Tennant Recite a Sultry Sonnet
Paste Magazine
It's National Poetry Month, so we decided to celebrate by sharing this clip of David Tennant reciting a sultry, Shakespearean sonnet (try saying that five times fast). Best known as the 10th Doctor on the British TV series Doctor Who, Tennant breathes ...
Hampton Roads poets celebrate Poetry MonthDaily Press

all 2 news articles »

How knitting and writing poetry can make you a better worker
Today.com
Here's a reason embrace your inner guitar hero or secret poetry writing habit: It may be making you better at your day job. Employees who did something creative after work – like knitting, drawing or even playing a video game that required creative ...

and more »

The Poetry of the Trading Floor, Going Beyond Bears and Bulls
New York Times
My point here is the eternal poetic inventiveness of the financial mind. Popular opinion has it that bankers think of nothing but profit. But their brains are fixated on poetic invention. Money seems to be a side issue. And if modern poets had half the ...

and more »

NPR (blog)

Sarah Lawrence prof wins Pulitzer Prize for poetry
The Journal News / Lohud.com
NEW YORK A Sarah Lawrence College professor has won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Vijay Seshadri was awarded the prize Monday afternoon for his "3 Sections," which the Pulitzer committee described as "a compelling collection of poems that examine ...
Book News: A Q&A With Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Vijay SeshadriNPR (blog)
India-born poet Vijay Seshadri wins 2014 Pulitzer PrizeTimes of India
India-born Vijay Seshadri wins Pulitzer Prize for poetryDaily News & Analysis
SLC News & Events -IBNLive -The Daily Voice
all 77 news articles »

Spring poetry reading and workshop
Fort Morgan Times
Uche Ogbuji is the editor for Kin Poetry Journal and The Nervous Breakdown, and also blogs at Copia and micro-blogs on Twitter. He will be the feature poet for Open Mic Poetry Night on Thursday evening at MCC, and will host a poetry workshop over lunch ...


Poetry Podcast: Michael Dickman Reads Ellen Bryant Voigt
New Yorker (blog)
The juxtaposition is heightened by the absence of punctuation, which runs the disparate components of the poem together. Speaking generally about the poetic tradition of omitting punctuation, Dickman says that the technique provides “a way to read the ...

Google News

The Lull of Twilight [Over Mantaro Valley] In English and Spanish

Twilight, was now beginning. As forthe sun, it was down-down... Read More

Three Poems: Dona Leonors Revenge; The Old Moon; Common Sides [All in Spanish/all in English]

1) Doña Leonor's Revenge [1627 AD]Rafael Ortiz's fate Was... Read More

To My Friend, With Love

All is still; all quiet; The world seems to... Read More

Daybreak at Pikes Creek [a Poem]

Daybreak at Pikes Creek [Summer of 2005]Daybreak by Lake Superior... Read More

Burning Autumn Leaves [a poem in Spanish and English]

Burning Autumn Leaves [1950s in St. Paul, Minnesota]My long steel... Read More

Man Unbowed [A poem]

Man UnbowedUnbowed by sin, the world of man, stands Upon... Read More

Breathing-in, Minnesota [a poem: now in Spanish and English]

In early fall, in Minnesota, the rain falls, falls, In... Read More

Infected Ideologies [a Poetic Portrait]

the disease of extremism is infectious-; whoever cannot think of... Read More

Bleed

now is not the time to open open that great... Read More

Mechanical Poetry

Do you ever stare at the paper, waiting for poetic... Read More

Stone Beds [A Poem and an Advance]

Stone Beds [Pompeii's surge]Advance: after the great eruption of Pompeii's... Read More

Write Your Way to Fame

Have you ever thought about how nice it would be... Read More

A Death in Cajamarca, Peru (Atahualpa, in Cajamarca ((in English and Spanish))

The Epic Poem:A Death in Cajamarca, Peru [Atahualpa, in Cajamarca]Advance:... Read More

Africa

AFRICA (to africans in diaspora)africa here i come, africa africa... Read More

Five Poems from Home [And a view on the planet vs. the poet]

Five Poems from Home1) Remembering: Dorothy Parker [Dedicated to the... Read More

Ocean Heal Me

Ocean Heal MeOcean heal my wounds Let your waves curl... Read More

Here And There

My eyes opened. I am still alive; Living on... Read More

Poetry and Popular Culture

Is poetry too complicated for the average reader? Is it... Read More

The Valley Of Pain

We were exiled from the Garden of Eden. Its... Read More

In Poetry: Meaning of Words [And ...Rocket-belt]

In Poetry: Meaning of WordsWhen I write poetry, I check... Read More

Three Poems: The Monkey Man of Lima, Plus Two More

What Hides behind the Minute?What hides behind the minute? It... Read More

In the Mountans of Haiti [A Poem: in English and Spanish]

In the Mountains of Haiti(In the City)-July is a hot... Read More

The Game of Life

When your life becomes unbearable And the light of... Read More

Cruel World

Azra, Azra, Wake up Azra. Wake up Azra, It is... Read More

Learn About Love From Poet Rumi

In this modern age of technology, busy lifestyles, and obsession... Read More