Friday, October 21, 2011

Aimless Reading: The P's, Part 14 (Gabriela Pais)

Pais, Gabriela
Escapada de la forma ausente


Given to me by the author at a poetry festival in Havana in 2000. Pais is an Argentine poet who I hung out with briefly at a cafe along with two other Argentine poets, Daniel Muxica and another whose name I forget. If memory serves this meeting took place after the festival was over. My only memory is that she said I reminded her of Hugh Grant.

from Escapada de la forma ausente

Espacio de trampas


No hay luna ni juncos
en esta orilla,
cemento.
Algún residuo melancólico
guarda nombres en secreto,
criaturas de agua, cisnes heridos,
bailarinas;
insomnios subterráneos,
figuras quebradas por la luz
esconden su código
en el reverso de las nueces.

Es mejor no estar
en este espacio de trampas.
No es necesario el fuego
para encender la gran sala.

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