La Pañalera

  Debo cambiarte Sin contar la vez   Destapar esa blancura Tan frágil como papel   Mojar algodón Desdoblar untar   Todo contigo es manual Mi palma es tu puño en tu boca   Cada contacto confirma Tu tamaño ante mi   Para ti ritual Es un simple juego más     Escrito 2013


Spanish Prayer

A simple and stunning poem by the Colombian poetess Maria Mercedez Carranza. My clumsy translation is below: Prayer No more dawns or fashions, no more light, no more tasks, no more instants. Just dirt, dirt in the eyes, between the mouth and the ears; dirt upon the crushed chests; dirt inside the dry womb; dirt […]


God or the assassin

Last night, I threw a friend a baby shower. In thanks she brought me the complete works of Colombian poet Maria Mercedez Carranza, the South American nation’s most well-known female poet. Carranza’s work is modern, powerful, succinct. The only thing that keeps me distant from her writing is the fact that she killed herself in […]