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Engravings Torn from Insomnia

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Engravings Torn from Insomnia

By: Olga Orozco

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Although Olga Orozco has won almost every major literary award from her native Argentina and her work has been translated into fifteen languages, no single volume of her poetry exists in English — until now. Award-winning translator/Colorado Poet Laureate Mary Crow has chosen the finest of Orozco’s poems for this long-awaited Spanish-English bilingual collection, Engravings Torn from Insomnia.


The Stranger

He passed among you,
people kindly as the fire's warmth in a neighboring hut.
But what was your accent except a jagged dagger quivering
     in the depth of his breast? He watched you pass,
days drowsy as beasts in humble pastures.
But what was your peace except sand burning under his eyelids?
Far away the wind blew leaving no cheeks salty.
Far away a place exists for his shade beside the fresh shades
     of his ancestors.
Far away he will be the absent one less absent now.
Oh, dry your tears
that do not quench the thirst of the stranger.
Keep your prayers:
he didn't ask for love or any other heavenly exile.
And let earth lift up its lullabies like an insulted stepmother:
"I bear a heart as harsh and angry as the leaf of the fig tree."


© BOA Editions, Ltd 2002 

Available editions:
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Cloth ISBN: 1-929918-31-3
Price: $22.00
Publishing Date: December 2002
Paperback ISBN: 1-929918-30-5
Price: $13.95
Publishing Date: December 2002