El Salvador

El Salvador Poetry

A sample of reflections from the field of travel throughout El Salvador. Poetry offers a unique approach for travel retrospectives and inspiration. In protest, I am countering the rhetoric which so often accompanies travel editorial. Rather, I write to honor our world with beauty, rhythm and truth in composition. All photos © Jason Z. Guest.

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Poetry offers a unique approach for travel retrospectives and inspiration. The poem “I Lost A Found Man” observes two strangers divided by a language barrier, yet in some way able to communicate.

As one of the two individuals of this piece, I still recall the face of this man. Likely of Scandinavian descent, he wore a contagious smile and relaxed all day, every day, under shade along the beach of Barra de Santiago, El Salvador. While...

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La Libertad, El Salvador, is home to one of the world's most famous righthand point-breaks, known affectionately as Punta Roca. The poetic form of a limerick, making comical and sometimes lewd sense, (formatted in five lines, in anapestic meter, with a strict rhyme sequence of AABBA) seemed fitting here.

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Dreamy Lago Coatepeque

About: A collection of four related poems reflect upon both the wilds of everyday life around the crater-lake region of Lago de Coatepeque, El Salvador, and the relationship between its coffee farmers and Mother Nature. Structure: Four related trilune poems (three stanzas, each of three lines, each of three by three (nine) syllables), stitched together by a rhyme scheme.

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The tanka is a 5-line lyric poem grounded in concrete imagery yet infused with intimacy in the form of a subjective response. My memories of a sunset upon Barra de Santiago, El Salvador were the inspiration for the poem.

  • Of blood and blue hue,

  • Barra de Santiago.

  • Where sky and sea kiss

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