Octavio Paz

(March 31, 1914 – April 19, 1998 / Mexico City)

Spaces - Poem by Octavio Paz

No center, no above, no below
Ceaselessly devouring and engendering itself
Whirlpool space
And drop into height
Clarities steeply cut
By the night's flank
Black gardens of rock crystal
Flowering on a rod of smoke
White gardens exploding in the air
One space opening up
And dissolving
Space in space
All is nowhere
Place of impalpable nuptials

Comments about Spaces by Octavio Paz

  • Glen Kappy (6/20/2018 6:29:00 PM)

    probably just my focus, but i wonder if paz was meditating on the opening lines of genesis 1... but then i think of the opening lines to star trek. impalpable nuptials—that's a phrase i'd be surprised to find in any poem preceding this one—it's original and luminous. -glen (Report) Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/20/2018 11:57:00 AM)

    Night's flank! !

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • (6/20/2018 8:36:00 AM)

    A great poem. The space which is so vast beyond imagination have a meaning with reference to the mind also. (Report) Reply

  • (6/20/2018 8:29:00 AM)

    Space the wonderful phenomenon of universe which can be compared to the human mind. A lot of thoughtful poem (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (6/20/2018 4:14:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem with haunting expression and nice diction. (Report) Reply

  • Mahtab Bangalee (6/20/2018 4:04:00 AM)

    Space in space
    All is nowhere
    Place of impalpable nuptials
    here, there and everywhere
    nothing I find the space of heart
    to stay a while with love,
    with mystical blind eyes.
    yet no space in garden of nuptial
    no space; no pace in deducted soul......!
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  • Britte Ninad (6/20/2018 3:17:00 AM)

    around of

    ow great
    (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (6/20/2018 1:59:00 AM)

    A spacious write of the mind's flight. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (6/20/2018 1:10:00 AM)

    Such a great write by Octavio Paz👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Abhimanyu Kumar.s (12/2/2017 8:02:00 AM)

    Spaces are better than being together for knowing self. (Report) Reply

  • (5/23/2017 4:44:00 AM)

    Enticing play on space; emptiness and the room to explode or dissolve. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 15, 2010

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