Quest Lecture at Whistler Public Library
Wednesday, November 8, 7:00-8:30pm
Hidden Treasures: Biology of the Poetry in Neruda’s Maremoto
Presented by Dr. Marjorie Wonham, Special Advisor to the President & Life Sciences Tutor (Biology) at Quest University Canada
Pablo Neruda, Chile’s Nobel-prize winning poet, loved the sea. He also loved, and avidly collected, the “treasures” that the sea washed ashore on the beach at the base of his coastal home. Neruda’s short volume Maremoto expresses this love in fifteen central tiny poems about marine organisms, each one inspired by a woodcut done by a Swedish artist and friend. In collaboration with Juan Carlos Castilla, a pre-eminent Chilean marine biologist, and Karine Oldfelt Hjertonsson, the original woodcut artist, we provide the first detailed exploration of these poems, and investigate the added depth and breadth of meaning that current scientific knowledge gives to these charming visual and poetic portraits of the creatures of the sea.