Traducción: María Del Castiillo Sucerquia

  BELIEVE NOT IN THE INNOCENCE OF INK Poets have no respect for the private life of metaphor. You dress and undress us like little girls’ dolls. You make us come off crude. Me, I’d much rather have remained unsung than to have to exhibit myself like a stripper. Hey, d’ya hear me! This doll ain’t done with you yet. And when you think you’ve pinned me to the page, drained me and dropped me, I’ll give you a taste of your own bitter medicine. Feel it now? The...
  • agosto 5, 2021
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  THE HUMANIST When he rose before the jury of his peers he knew he had arrived at the endgame of his belief, mirror against mirror, and when they read to him his crimes— his betrayal of the time’s consensus—he saw he would be folded into the body of the human story. He would be judged and found guilty of elevating men to this very position of judgment. The loneliest person on earth is a humanist condemned. When the pyre was lit, it bloated the square with light—the light...
  • julio 30, 2021
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  A  BODY OF WORK One comes, eventually, to the realization that one will leave behind only a body of work that will grow increasingly unintelligible to each new generation. A trace will remain spread across the vast internet in much the way certain particles inhabit the emptiness of deep space—negligibly, though perhaps measurably. I, for instance, am childless and, therefore, most likely will die alone, my nest feathered with yellowing poems. One comes, eventually, to the knowledge that one’s children are increasingly unintelligible, being yellowing poems spread across...
  • julio 30, 2021
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  CAROLYN BEATRICE PARKER It was a silvery metal ⠀⠀⠀⠀in a dark room blue-skewed glow excited by decay Did Carolyn Parker ⠀⠀⠀⠀hold the polonium in her hands did she ever breathe it in? working government top-secret with this radioactive element —The Dayton Project— research and development ⠀⠀⠀⠀during World War II part of the Manhattan Project building the first atomic bombs Parker ⠀⠀⠀⠀first Black woman in the U.S. ⠀⠀⠀⠀to have a postgraduate degree ⠀⠀⠀⠀in physics two master’s—the other in mathematics dedicated, hardworking, afire little is known of her work within...
  • julio 14, 2021
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