Thursday, January 11, 2024

Raúl Gómez Jattin ~


Urban Poet

That poet from Bogotá 

As a boy he never knew

the scent of wet earth

or the revealing touch of animals

or saw the river wash life away . . .

To make up for so many losses

he sets a bird free in every poem

Clouds come and clouds go

At each sunrise the sea

swells tides toward his forgetfulness

That poet

grows quiet when I write to him

about how man's most pressing tragedy

is his war against nature

He writes long poems

to a papier-mâché lover

You're no match for the flowers

Yours are tinplate stars

Your scenographic sea

doesn't reveal or give rise to memories


You must go to nature

To gaze upon it

To defend it


Raúl Gómez Jattin

Almost Obscene

translated by Katherine M. Hedeen

& Olivia Lott

CSU,  2022