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“Lines of Thinking” is a monthly feature from College President Tom Manley. July, 2018 In his essay “Childhood and Poetry,” the poet Pablo Neruda told of his awakening to poetry as a young child by sharing a story of a gift exchange. It took place in a remote area of his native Chile, when a boy he never met and would never get to know put his hand through the hole in a backyard fence offering a small used toy. Neruda took the offering into his own hand and then running into his house returned with a gift...

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