Two Poems for World Poetry Day!

March 21, 2016

Relojoaria velha 

by Zulmira Ribeiro Tavares


O coração preso no relâmpago.

Um risco de ouro no vento: furibundo.

Um clamor de pânico no maquinismo


velho como os ares do verão a cada ano.

Chicote rápido elétrico sovando o céu.

Trovão e quebra

do coração ribombando longe.


Rente  ao chão o aguaceiro alegra

minhocas saltando livres

molas soltas no barro.


The Old Watchmaker's Shop 

translated by Hugh Hazelton


The heart imprisoned in the lightning bolt.

A golden slash on the wind: furious.

A clamour of panic in the mechanism


as old as the summer air each year.

Quick electric whip lashing the sky.

Thunderclap and the breaking

heart rumbling in the distance.


Close the the ground the downpour delights

earthworms leaping up free

springs released from the mud.



Excerpted from Vesuvio (Vesuvius).

Formas de nombrar la ausencia

by Griselda García



ante todo brillo

y en el mediodía

el calmo transcurrir de la luz,

los chicos gritan el gol,

la manzana se oxida,

los pájaros bailan en los charcos,

los muchachos almuerzan

temerosos de su propia libertad.


El mar es desierto

y el sol de hoy

fue ayer lluvia abrasadora.


Lejos, lejos,

los que se mantienen

fieles a todo

menos a sí mismos.


Es el después de una tormenta

y el alma se abisma

pensando en lo perdido.


Ways of Naming Absence

translated by Hugh Hazelton



above all brightness

and at midday

the peaceful course of light,

the children shout out a goal,

the apple rusts,

the birds dance on the ponds,

the kids have lunch

fearful of their own freedom.


The sea is a desert

and the sun today

was yesterday scorching rain.


Far away, far away

those who remain

faithful to everything

except themselves.


It's the aftermath of a storm

and the soul sinks downward

thinking of what's lost.



Excerpted from Alucinaciones en la Alfalfa y Otros Poemas (Hallucinations in the Alfalfa and Other Poems).


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