Poem taken from Elvira Hernández, Santiago Waria, Cuarto Propio, Santiago de Chile, 1992.
No puedo ser otra que la pensativa del Patio de los Callados, la llorosa del Parque de los Reyes, la olvidadiza ni otra que la que recoge papeles con sangre ni aquella que no quiere el balazo solipsista porque nada desaparecerá
A ratos soy la misma, la Una, la del espejo que camina con una araña en el ojal la sombra que se pegó al hombre que dobló la esquina y duele su cuello guillotinado.
I cannot be other than the pensive one in the Patio de los Callados, the weepy in the Parque de los Reyes, the absentminded nor other than the one who picks up blood stained papers nor the one who doesn't want the solipsistic bullet because nothing shall disappear
At times I am the same, the One, the one in the mirror who walks with a spider in the buttonhole the shadow that stuck to the man who went down the corner and grieves his guillotined neck
Ignacio Oliden (Buenos Aires, 1997) is a poet, translator and literary critic. He is Co-Editor in Chief of the literary magazine La Piccioletta Barca, and is a member of the editorial comittee of Buenos Aires Poetry (magazine and publishing house). He also participates as a regular critic in the Culture Supplement of the newspaper Perfil (Argentina). His work has appeared in print in newspapers, anthologies, and literary magazines in various countries, and his poetry has been translated into English, Italian and Greek. Among others, he has translated into Spanish the work of John M. Synge, Carl Sandburg, Anna de Noailles, and Marcantonio Flaminio, and he has published a book-length anthology of the poets of the Harlem Renaissance (Poetas del Renacimiento de Harlem, 2023, in collaboration with Juan Arabia). Mester de Juglaría, his first poetry compilation, will be published by Buenos Aires Poetry in 2023.
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