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Posts tagged Oliverio Girondo

Illustration of the Argentine poet Oliverio Girondo (1891–1967) by Chris Russell from issue 4 of Stonecutter.

And here is Girondo’s Nocturne #9, translated by Heather Cleary, also from Stonecutter 4:

Alone
with my skeleton,
my shadow,
my veins,
like a toad in its hole,
stretching out into summer,
amid thousands of bugs
that spring,
retreat,
collide,
expire;
in a delirious directionless pastime,
useless,
arbitrary,
feverish,
just like the fever
caught by cities.

Alone, with the window
open to the stars,
among chairs and trees that don’t know I exist,
with no desire to leave,
nor an urge to stay
to spend other nights,
here,
or elsewhere,
with the same skeleton,
and the same veins,
like a toad in its hole
surrounded by bugs.

***

Heather Cleary also translated Oliverio Girondo’s Poems to Read on a Streetcar for New Directions.

Girondo on 50 Watts.

Wikipedia page.

Previously.

No one reads Oliverio Girondo, who feuded with Borges and who claimed that “A book should be constructed like a watch and sold like a sausage.”