Today (Thursday) marks the birth (in 1904) of Pablo Neruda and the passing, two years ago, of the much-missed Tuli Kupferberg - two heroes and revolutionaries
What do we think of Neruda's death? - Here's a recent piece on Al Jazeeera.
What do we think of Tuli's life? - an exemplary one. To quote the New York Times, he was
"a poet and singer who went from being a noted Beat to becoming, in his words, "the world's oldest rock star" (sic!)
(not to mention, cartoonist, anthologist, publisher, pacifist, and trenchant social commentator).
- "Kill For Peace"?
Here's him in the '80's on John Fisk's "Digressions," WBAI New York City late-night radio
More video - heaps more video - courtesy the tulifuli channel and the redoubtable Thelma Blitz (thank you, Thelma)
(Twenty Love Poems And A Song of Despair)
Here's more Neruda-reading-Neruda
Here's his (Neruda's) 1971 Nobel Prize lecture (in English translation). Here's his Paris Review interview (also in English) from that very same year
- and (contemporaneous too) this revealing, priceless, Spanish-language interview (apologies for the quality of the tape but, from 40 years ago, we can't really be complaining!)
Tuli and Pablo - Pablo and Tuli - We salute you both. La lucha sigue. The struggle continues.