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Mario Benedetti dies at 88; Uruguayan poet and writer

May 19, 2009
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Mario Benedetti
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“Uruguayan author Mario Benedetti, whose bestselling poems and novels helped launch Latin America’s postwar literary boom, has died. … Benedetti’s more than 60 volumes of poems, prose, essays and drama helped secure a prominent place for Latin America in global literature, along with the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carlos Fuentes and Mario Vargas
[Source: Los Angeles Times 05/19/09]

“Men like Mario never die,” Uruguay President Tabare Vazquez told reporters.

“When I have worries, fears or a love affair, I have the luck of being
able to transform it into a poem,” said Benedetti, the son of Italian

Little Stones At My Window

Once in a while
joy throws little stones at my window
it wants to let me know that it’s waiting for me
but today I’m calm
I’d almost say even-tempered
I’m going to keep anxiety locked up
and then lie flat on my back
which is an elegant and comfortable position
for receiving and believing news

who knows where I’ll be next
or when my story will be taken into account
who knows what advice I still might come up with
and what easy way out I’ll take not to follow it

don’t worry, I won’t gamble with an eviction
I won’t tattoo remembering with forgetting
there are many things left to say and suppress
and many grapes left to fill our mouths

don’t worry, I’m convinced
joy doesn’t need to throw any more little stones
I’m coming
I’m coming.

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