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COLLECTED POEMS by Lois Pereiro

 

 

THAT

 

 

That night

I took the hand by the cold of the fingers

and ran it gently over my lips

wanting to find the signs

of the last aborted cries

when even blood didn’t remember

the joy of marble

under tickling fear

 

Why, love?

 

All was quiet…

 

 

 

CORPORAL (JE T’AIME…)

 

 

The mouth’s fury, teeth:

the arms of passion

which explore and profane the intact skin

 

Luxurious flesh

toxic

love injects

 

The cold congealed on hand and wound

tingles in rebellion

forms a scar

between the possible breasts

of another triumph

 

Every three seconds then

two eyelids lubricate

the hostile eyes that don’t believe.

 

 

 

POEM FOR P. THIRTY-ONE YEARS ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN

 

 

If death is a necessary incident

which penetrates me silent without fury

treacherous and uniformly cruel

with the sweat created at nights by the failure

of a body that knows its dominions

conquered by the ongoing

offence of facts.

And so the fear I no longer feel for you

will excuse my defeat.

 

 

 

V

 

 

What can I offer the one who attempts me?

Numbered days of inert passion

and eternal love always shared

with the debt owing to an existence

redeemed for usurious payments

conjugating the verbs “live” and “love”

in the first person plural

reduced to the forms of the present.

 

What can I offer the one who attempts me

if I’m a loose thread of the hope

Penelope weaves

and unweaves?

 

 

 

VI

 

 

Sleepless nights like damp sheets

in the circumvolutions of my brain

hung out in the wind of danger

eruption and eternal combustion

of another desired skin that would burn

in the flames its vision ignited.

 

Year after year I am a nest for

migratory birds

seeking warmer climates

in forced exile for the winter

conquered unarmed and captive

their wounded hearts perplexed

which pain tinges with a cold hatred.

 

One season in hell, another in

the temporarily pleasant, clear sky,

and at the end the sad pulchritude

of another dress rehearsal for the big sleep.

 

Translated from Galician by Jonathan Dunne

 

Read some poems in Bulgarian

Read some poems by Rosalía de Castro

Read some poems by Celso Emilio Ferreiro

Read some poems by Pilar Pallarés

Read the introduction to From Unknown to Unknown by Manuel Rivas

Read two texts by Álvaro Cunqueiro

 

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