In celebration of National Poetry Month, we will be featuring a poem a day from our collection of City Lights Publications.
Your whole body holds
a goblet or gentle sweetness destined for me.
When I let my hand climb,
in each place I find a dove
that was looking for me, as if
my love, they had made you out of clay
for my very own potter’s hands.
Your knees, your breasts, your waist
are missing in me, like in the hollow
of a thirsting earth
where they are relinquished
we are complete like one single river,
like one single grain of sand.
Pablo Neruda is regarded as the greatest Latin American poet of the 20th century. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971, his breadth of vision and wide range of themes are extraordinary, and his work continues to inspire new generations of writers. The poem “The Potter” is selected from The Essential Neruda.