Don’t Go Far Off

Don’t go far off, not even for a day, because — because — I don’t know how to say it: a day is long and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep. Don’t leave me, even for an hour, because then the … Read more

i Like For You To Be Still

i like for you to be stillit is as though you are absentAnd you hear me from far awayAnd my voice does not touch youit seems as though your eyes had flown awayAnd it seems that a kiss had sealed your mouthAs all things are filled with my soulYou emerge from the thingsFilled with my … Read more

Love, We’re Going Home Now

Love, we’re going home now,Where the vines clamber over the trellis:Even before you, the summer will arrive,On its honeysuckle feet, in your bedroom. Our nomadic kisses wandered over all the world:Armenia, dollop of disinterred honey:Ceylon, green dove: and the YangTse with its oldOld patience, dividing the day from the night. And now, dearest, we return, … Read more

Ode To The Artichoke

The artichoke With a tender heart Dressed up like a warrior, Standing at attention, it built A small helmet Under its scales It remained Unshakeable, By its side The crazy vegetables Uncurled Their tendrills and leaf-crowns, Throbbing bulbs, In the sub-soil The carrot With its red mustaches Was sleeping, The grapevine Hung out to dry … Read more

‘Carnal Apple, Woman Filled, Burning Moon,’

Carnal apple, Woman filled, burning moon,dark smell of seaweed, crush of mud and light,what secret knowledge is clasped between your pillars?What primal night does Man touch with his senses?Ay, Love is a journey through waters and stars,through suffocating air, sharp tempests of grain:Love is a war of lightning,and two bodies ruined by a single sweetness.Kiss … Read more

Drunk as Drunk

Translated from the Spanish by Christopher Logue Drunk as drunk on turpentineFrom your open kisses,Your wet body wedgedBetween my wet body and the strakeOf our boat that is made of flowers,Feasted, we guide it – our fingersLike tallows adorned with yellow metal –Over the sky’s hot rim,The day’s last breath in our sails. Pinned by … Read more

I like you calm, as if you were absent

I like you calm, as if you were absent,and you hear me far-off, and my voice does not touch you.It seems that your eyelids have taken to flying:it seems that a kiss has sealed up your mouth.Since all these things are filled with my spirit,you come from things, filled with my spirit.You appear as my … Read more

Lovely One

Lovely one,Just as on the cool stoneOf the spring, the waterOpens a wide flash of foam,So is the smile of your face,Lovely one. Lovely one,With delicate hands and slender feetLike a silver pony,Walking, flower of the world,Thus I see you,Lovely one. Lovely one,With a nest of copper entangledOn your head, a nestThe coloUr of dark … Read more

Ode to the Book

When I close a bookI open life.I hearfaltering criesamong harbours.Copper ignotsslide down sand-pitsto Tocopilla.Night time.Among the islandsour oceanthrobs with fish,touches the feet, the thighs,the chalk ribsof my country.The whole of nightclings to its shores, by dawnit wakes up singingas if it had excited a guitar. The ocean’s surge is calling.The windcalls meand Rodriguez calls,and Jose … Read more