Gesture for an Object

Asilomar Beach, 30 July 2021

GESTO PARA UN OBJETO

En tiempo dormido, un tiempo como un guante sobre un tambor.

Los tres que en mí contienden nos hemos quedado en el móvil punto fijo y no somos un es ni un estoy.

Antiguamente mis ojos buscaron refugio en las cosas humilladas, desamparadas, pero en amistad con mis ojos he visto, he visto y no aprobé.”

—Alejandra Pizarnik, Extracting the Stone of Madness: Poems 1962–1972 (ebook edition)

GESTURE FOR AN OBJECT

In sleeping time, a time like a glove on a drum.

The three of us who contend in me have remained at a fixed moving point and we are neither an is nor an am.

Formerly my eyes sought refuge in humiliated, helpless things, but in friendship with my eyes I have seen, I have seen and did not approve.

Translated, from the Spanish, by the Avvakum Press

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