In his article “Who Needs Poets?” Jorge Luis Borges wrote: “The poet’s trade, the writer’s trade, is a strange one…a writer needs loneliness, and he gets his share of it. He needs love, and he gets shared and also unshared love. He needs friendship. In fact, he needs the universe. To be a writer is, in a sense, to be a day-dreamer—to be living a kind of double life.” As a poet in the Creative Writing Masters of Fine Arts Program at Boston University, I have become increasingly aware of this insatiable need for “the universe” and so, here I go. To Argentina: to experience the sounds and movements of tango flooding the streets and the unique music of Argentinian Spanish; to discover the country through the works of Borges and Julio Cortazar, but also those of contemporary Argentinian writers; to get lost in cities I’ve only ever imagined. To Brazil: to learn Portuguese from new friends, from poetry, and from Bossa Nova; to delve into its European, African, Middle Eastern, and Asian blends; to explore its brimming selvage and tangled languages, its traditions, new and old. To imbibe little bits of universe, one corner at a time.


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