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Ernesto Cardenal

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Ernesto Cardenal is a Catholic priest and Marxist revolutionary from Nicaragua. He is the author of more than thirty-five books, including The Origin of Species and Other Poems (Texas Tech University Press, 2011), Pluriverse: New and Selected Poems (New Directions, 2009), and Cosmic Canticle (Curbstone Books, 2002). His honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and the Reina Sofia Prize for Latin American Poetry. He lives in Managua, Nicaragua.

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In the round little window, everything is blue,
land bluish, blue-green, blue
				(and sky)
	everything is blue
blue lakes and lagoons
			blue volcanoes
while farther off the land looks bluer
	blue islands in a blue lake.
This is the face of the land liberated.
And where all the people fought, I think: