I too "did not learn" to write poetry in MFA courses, and Chile is very like Burma, without the glaciers, but isolated within a pocket of the sea and high (Himalayas) and not so high (the Burmese mountain ranges or yoma -- "spines")mountain ranges.
I left on what turned out to be a one way passport.
But many walked out as Neruda did.
One day I will post my Neruda-inspired poem which was chosen by Ram Deveneni and Marilyn Hacker for a Rattapallax CD.
Blog text copyright Kyi May Kaung.