"Being Love" "Estar Enamorado"
A bilingual book of poetry
Poet Laureate Billy Collins and Jay Ross exchanging books.
“Love does not consume us, it transforms
us”. So says Jay Ross in the poem “Embers of Love”
appearing side by side in English and Spanish in his new book Being
Love released through Indian Bay Press. Both the English
and Spanish version of “Embers of Love” appeared
in the July 2005 issue of Poesia.
This collection of works by Ross focuses on Love
as a romantic experience, (“How
sweet this woman who steps from my dreams into my life”)
a philosophical notion, (“I
will keep the warmth of love alive within me and never grow cold”)
a spiritual quest (“I move within
your Sacred Space, and you move within Mine”)
and as pure energy (“Being one
Being, we reflect; we mirror who we are... We Are Love.”).
According to Ross, these are not various types of love, but aspects
of the same energy; the same Love. Says Jay “there is only
one energy in the universe, and that energy is Love. Everything
else is variations and spin-offs of that energy.”
Obvious in many of the poems is Jay’s deep
love for his muse now his wife Dabney
Rose. (“Dabney is this source
of inspiration in my life, and I can only hope one day my muse will
be my wife”). Shortly after reciting these
words from his poem “Proposal to My Muse”, Jay
married his muse. “She has helped me find love within my self.
Now I can find it any where I look.” “It’s much
easier to speak and write of love when that is what you feel.”
Patricia Anez is the translator for this collection.
Patricia was born and raised in Bolivia. Being a native Spanish
speaker and a lover of poetry made her ideal for this task. Patricia
has lovingly worked to translate not just the words of the poems,
but the essence of Jay’s works.
Being Love is Volume One
of what Ross plans as a series of books under the “JaySpeaks”
umbrella. Ross plans, with this series, to share with the word what
he most feels needs to be shared, LOVE (albiet tough love at times).
“It’s not that these things have never been said before,
but some things need to be rephrased and repeated time and again.
It’s just became my turn now.”
Being Love was publlished