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Over the Bosphorus Bridge a fisherman
has set up four fishing lines
sits down tunes the radio
stares at the pedestrians
It’s drizzling and it’s cold
Drops on the water
One of the fishhooks takes
The force that unites everything and unties it
Puffs of grief shock
slowness of asphyxia
Now the man has the fish
shakes the air with its body
Seagulls gather round
He throws the fish into the sky
its scales the metallic gleam
The little eyes look at the sea the relief
just before but gaining great altitude
suddenly a beak rips its fins
tears apart its body guzzles
in one second the remains
In secret someone was thinking of God
Cruel fisherman of men
another corpse found in a black bag
by a body the wind a bridge
two blocks away: a spiky head open eyes
in other news: on the weekend thirty executed coup
de grâce some of them with torture marks the failed rescue
of a kidnap a finger a ring a roll of newspaper
in other news: the political campaigns ended and started there’s
good will in Washington this trimester the migratory reform focuses
on poverty welfare happiness
far away a bus’s muffler
they open the black bag
the stench of rotten flesh:
a new born little girl
Correction: Mario Bojórquez was incorrectly listed as the translator instead of Mario Licón Cabrera when these poems were first published in both our print and digital editions. The Lifted Brow apologises for this error.
This piece appears in The Lifted Brow #32. Get your copy here.
Alí Calderón (Mexico, 1982) is a poet, publisher, literary critic and the director of the International Poetry Festival of Mexico City.
Mario Licón Cabrera (Chihuahua, México, 1949) is a poet and translator. He has published four collections of poetry including Yuxtas (Back & Forth), a bilingual edition with the support of Australian Council for the Arts in 2009. He has translated many Australian leading poets into Spanish, including Dorothy Porter, Judith Beveridge, Peter Boyle, Ali Cobby Eckerman, Robert Adamson, Michelle Cahill and many more. He is a regular contributor for two Mexican magazines (DosFilos and Círculo de Poesía) as well as for the Australian online magazine Mascara Literary Review. He won the Premio de Poesia Trilce (Australia, 2015) and his latest book of translations is Poems of Mijail Lamas, Mario Bojórquez, & Alí Calderón.