Cólera / Rage

Original by Aitana Alberti

Para qué manos para qué brazos para qué piernas
o cabeza para qué vísceras para qué sístoles
y diástoles para qué el barroco delirio del cerebro?

Todos mis pasos juntos no conducen al huerto de Getsemaní
Apenas alzo la mirada compruebo la fuga del perdón

Quisiera tenderme en mis silencios maleables
y definitivos como el pecho de mi madre muerta
El dolor alcanza la solidez de un agujero negro
tiene un gesto ávido una fealdad incomparable

En los campos de Dios mi ternura ha dado pocos frutos
las aguas se retiran a medida que avanzo
Para qué el grito para qué la súplica
para qué arder si el aire se ha secado

Translation by Toshiya Kamei

What’s the use of hands, arms, legs
heads, guts, systoles,
diastoles, and the brain’s baroque delirium?

All my steps together don’t lead to Garden of Gethsemane
I barely look up and check the escape of forgiveness

I’d like to lie in my silences as malleable
and definitive as my dead mother’s chest
The pain reaches the solidity of a black hole
and has an avid gesture and an incomparable ugliness

In God’s fields, my tenderness has borne little fruit
the waters move back whenever I move forward
What’s the use of crying, begging
burning if the air has dried?

Aitana Alberti was born in Buenos Aires in 1941 to Spanish poet Rafael Alberti and his wife María Teresa León. She has edited volumes of poems by Spain’s Generation of ’27, which includes Federico García Lorca, Pedro Salinas, and her father, among others. Translations of her poems have appeared in Common Ground Review, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, and Mojo.

Toshiya Kamei holds an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Arkansas. His translations of short fiction and poetry have appeared in various venues. His book-length translations include Claudia Apablaza’s My Father Thinks I’m a Fakir and Selfa Chew’s Silent Herons.

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