18 abr. 2008


María Victoria Atencia. El hueco. 2003. 141 pp.

The page numbering here is a little deceptive: this publisher (Tusquets) will not start a new poem on a verso (even-numbered page). Since all of these poems are very short, every even numbered page is blank. So it's really more like the standard 70 page book.

María Victoria is not that similar to Bronk, but if you translate this poem just so you get a Bronk poem:


It comes without warning. Maybe a tenuous
green thread in the distance. With no urgency
or pause in a process that naturally
returns us to the daily grind
and its fictions of glories and condemnations.