Al caer la tarde miras a las chicas borrachas
despiertas por obra y gracia de la sal
bailan en trajes transparentes
deslizan bajo el cielo rebosante de sangre
los cuerpos un crimen pegado al corazón
picaduras y azotes
otro pubis rompiendo sin estorbos en la cara
Para el resto la tarde es una de tantas
de la memoria perdida en los grumos de la luz
y el viento alzando el canto
como si el mundo estuviera hecho de amor.
At dusk you look at the drunken girls
awake by the grace and work of the salt
they dance in transparent dresses
the bodies slide under the sky brimming
with blood a crime stuck to the heart
bites and whips
another pubis breaking in the face without barriers
For the rest, the evening is one of many
of the lost memory in the lumps of light
and the wind raising the song
as if the world was made of love.
Rodrigo Arriagada Zubieta (Viña del Mar, Chile, 1982) is a Chilean poet, translator and literary critic. He is Director of the Pippa Passes collection of the magazine and publisher Buenos Aires Poetry, a label that has published his trilogy made up of the books Extrañeza (2017), Hotel Sitges (2018), Zubieta (2019), and El Greco (2021). His poems have been translated into Italian, English and Bengali, published in media in Chile, Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, the United States, Italy and Spain. His work has been anthologized in Chile by the Santiago Inédito publishing house under the title Una temporada en la cabeza (CL), 2020. In translation, he published Cutty Sark (Poesía escogida) by Hart Crane (2020) and Thirties Poets (2021) . He is currently finishing his doctoral studies in Hispanic letters at the Complutense University of Madrid. He resides in Alicante, Spain.