No one can really understand Latin culture without understanding its poetry, which goes back more than a thousand years.
Costa Ricans seem to accept poetry more naturally than North Americans perhaps because of early education or perhaps because the language flows so much better than English.
A good time to delve into Costa Rican poetry would be Saturday, which happens to be the Día Nacional de la Poesía. There are events planned all over the country, including in San Ramón de Alajuela, Parque Central de Alajuela and the Casa de la Cultura in Guápiles.
Saturday also happens to be the birthday of one of the country’s most famous poets, Jorge Debravo. Then as now poetry does not pay very well, if at all. Debravo worked as an inspector for the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social and died on his birthday Jan. 31, 1967, in a motorcycle accident.
The Centro Cultural José Figueres plans discussion by Magda Zavala, director of the Colegio de Costa Rica at 4 p.m. Saturday.
At the park in Alajuela near the Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría the celebration will be at 11 a.m. Participants will be encouraged to create verses. The gathering in Guápiles will be at 5 p.m.