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3/tres from Valparaíso

Scene-setter: You can and should tour Pablo Neruda’s Valparaíso residence, La Sebastiana, which features stunning views of the whole city. Shall we say his interior design tastes were eclectic? Here’s a poem he wrote about Valpo: “Ode to Valparaíso,” by Pablo Neruda, translated by Sarah Watwood Valparaíso, how absurd you are, what a lunatic, crazy port, what a head – rolling hills, disheveled, you never finished combing your hair, you’ve never had time to get dressed, life has always surprised you, death has awoken you, in your nightshirt, in your long johns, flecked with color, naked, with a name tattooed on your stomach, wearing a hat, the earthquake seized you, running crazed, you tore apart your fingernails, your water and stones moved of their own accord, the streets, the sea, the night, you have been sleeping in the earth, tired of your voyages, and the land, furious, threw up its waves more tempestuous than a storm at sea, the dust covered your eyes, the flames burnt your shoes, the firm bankers’ houses quaked like wounded …