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Thursday, 6 August 2009

LAS NINÃS - SONG OF THE SILLY GIRLS


MERCEDES ROFFÉ
Mercedes Roffé is one of Argentina’s contemporary leading poets. Widely published in Latin America and Spain, her poetry has also been published in translation in Italy, Quebec, Romania, Belgium, and the United States. In 1998 she founded Pen Press, Plaquettes de Poesía, a successful tiny press dedicated to the publication of contemporary Spanish-language poets as well as poets of other languages in Spanish translation. She holds a diploma in Modern Languages from the University of Buenos Aires, and a Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American Literatures from New York University. Among other distinctions, she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry (2001).
Song of the Silly Girls ------Las Ninãs
(Codex Calixtinus)

*

a round
a round of little girls
tired
messy
sad girls

*
a recess of judicious
industrious
little girls
an ode to obedience and good
will
good
manners

*
the girls repeat the sound
iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
the girls repeat the sound
oooooooooo
then some girls hold the
mmmmmm
like the pedal of a harmonium
while the rest melodize

*
it seems that they were told
to shut up
to sing
very softly

as if in petticoats

*
--I love freedom
--one says, making a bird
face
and spreading her arms wide

--me too
--says the other
locking herself in her room

*

there are two who are unbearable
and their voices are much shriller
than the others´

*
--Remember the calligrapher?
The one who spilled her inkwell
over your dress?
--nope.

*

a round
a round of exhausted
lifeless
girls

a recess of shadows
an angle
sliding
along the wall

TeorÍa de los Colores
(del libro La ópera fantasma.
Buenos Aires, Bajo la luna, 2005)

5 comments:

the cool arts said...

Intéressant ce poème et la photo . ..précieux!!!!

massimo said...

Wu Zetiãn e nuove sorella, Fiammetta ha fatto molto piacere

Anya said...

Fantastic shot from the cats :)))
My compliments :)

Teresa Queiroz said...

lindo!! besos de lisboa :)

ELAINE ERIG said...

Anya, as ever ,you are adorable!