Blogs by John Howard Reid
A Salute to Spanish Poetry: 100 Masterpieces from Spain & Latin America
1/4/2010 1:15:48 AM
For my next book, I propose "A Salute to Spanish Poetry: 100 Masterpieces from Spain & Latin America." I have included 21 such poems in the Tom Howard anthology, "Escape to Paradise and Other Poetic Fancies." For poem 22, I will translate Delmira Agustini's "Night Sight" with its wonderful opening line: "La noche entro en la sala adormercida". Night entered the calm and drowsy living room. For the English translation, I'm forced to transfer this to the second line, otherwise the living room becomes slowly paced, rather than the night.
Slowly paced, dragging silences in its wake,
night entered the calm and drowsy living room...
My dreams are so peacefully silent
that even the gushing of blood from a wound
would make itself heard.
An unusual word treads on the silences
and falls as thoughtfully as an autumn leaf.
Sweet thoughts caress my burning forehead
like cooling fingers.
Ah! By what torments of dark wizardry
do faces become so sweetly pale?
Your eyes shine twin seeds
of light in the darkness.
Focus those eyes on me
and a burst of blossoming flowers
will enrich my soul.
Lower your eyes
and the carpet itself will bloom!
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