Sintaxis (Syntax), Ulalume González de León, trans. Terry Ehret, Nancy J. Morales, John Johnson

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Audio for “Sintaxis,” read by Nancy J. Morales:

 

Sintaxis

no tocarte es un silencio
en el discurso de tocarte
pero es una palabra
de la frase de estar mirándote

no mirarte es un silencio
en el discurso de mirarte
pero es una palabra
de la frase de estar pensándote

no pensarte es impensable
como una frase de silencios
interrumpidos por silencios

 

Audio for “Syntax,” read by Ellen Jane Johnson Hensel:

 

Syntax

not touching you is a silence
in the discourse of touching you
but it is a word
in the phrase of looking at you

not looking at you is a silence
in the discourse of looking at you
but it is a word
in the phrase of thinking of you

not thinking of you is unthinkable
like a phrase of silences
interrupted by silences

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Ulalume González de León, translated by Terry Ehret, Nancy J. Morales, John Johnson

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