Sunday, February 12, 2012

Delmira Agustini (1886-1914)

Delmira Agustini [Uruguay]

Another Race

Eros, let me lead you, Blind Father...
And at your almighty hands I ask
for his prodigal body arrayed in fire
covering mine, pale among petals of damask!

Today the electric corolla I unfurl
offers the attar of a garden of Wives;
for his vultures in my flesh, their fee,
I give up a whole cote of pint doves.

Give my feverish stem to the twinned cruel serpent
of his embrace...Absinthe and honey spent
in me for his utter veins and from his mouth...

I am one ardent furrow stretched
where the seed of another race will flourish
feeding madness and beauty both!

—Translated from the Spanish by Karl Kirchwey

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