Who has not toyed with putting words together because they sound so great?
The mark of a true poet is to put together thoughts that never have been adjacent previously to illuminate truth.
Humans and probably pre-humans have been creating poetry for a million years or more, in part because a rhyming text is easier to remember.
For the Egyptians and the Greeks, the measured utterances of some oracles came directly from the gods.
Except maybe for Homer, who still has some best sellers, poetry is not highly remunerative. Even a giant like Carl Sandburg probably made more money from his other literary efforts. Jorge Debravo, one of Costa Rica’s famous poets, was a full-time employee of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.
Today is the Día Nacional de la Poesía, which was created in memory of Debravo, a Turrialba poet whose life was cut short by a drunk driver.
Editorial Costa Rica and the Municipalidad de San José will celebrate the day with at least 24 poets at Parque Central. The publishing firm has produced the works of many of the country’s poets.
Poems will be recited by their authors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event also is dedicated to Julieta Dobles, the poet who just has been named the winner of the Premio Magón 2013, the nation’s top cultural prize. She is scheduled to give a reading.
At 2:30 p.m. the Asociación Costarricense de Escritoras plans another event in the Archivo Nacional. Writers Luissiana Naranjo, Leda García, Clotilde Ortega and Mariamalia Sotela will discuss poetry.
The Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría will host 15 poets at Alajuela’s Parque Central from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The poets will create works there, and the event is called Fábrica de poemas or “Poetry Factory.”
In San Ramón the Centro Cultural e Histórico José Figueres Ferrer will host an event titled Con alma de mujer or “With the Soul of a Woman,” at 5 p.m.
The sponsor is the Colectivo de Escritoras Ramonenses.
The public libraries in San Joaquín and Desamparados will have the books of Debravo on display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and staffers will answer questions about the poet.
The national day for poets began in 1968, the year after Debravo’s death. He grew up with little access to schools and was taught by his mother on the family farm in Santa Cruz de Turrialba. When he was just 21 he founded the Círculo de Poetas Turrialbeños and began producing a flood of poetry.
Some works appeared after his death, and many were published by Editorial Costa Rica. He also corresponded with the great Spanish language poets of the era.