Wednesday, May 4, 2016

POETRY DOESN'T PAY THE BILLS MY LOVE. BY Noé Lima


Today's blog entry features an English translation of Salvadoran poet Noé Lima's POETRY DOESN’T PAY THE BILLS MY LOVE, a poem from the book Zumbido (Editorial Ixchel, 2016).  

POETRY DOESN’T PAY THE BILLS MY LOVE. 
I have already told you my love
that poetry never pays the bills
it pays the delirium of blood letting knives
the liquid membranes of dreams

and hardly that
it can pay just enough to console you

it barely pays for the festive syndrome of wintery puddles
when cars unleash their howls misted with rain
on bus windows
the dust disseminated on the tired expression
conveying how workers in factories
will come home with empty hands

hardly that I repeat to myself and write to you while you shake off
the paralysis of every day in the captive timetable of your chest
and make dinner to mitigate the hunger
that bites the stomach with treachery
the silk bridge that your expression becomes
on paper that are spills out like a broken wave
and that upon nightfall will be your shelter
against the smog of the city
its stone traffic
the mute
dance in the tattoos of the trees
like a wounded postcard visible through the window

I already have told you that poetry will not pay the light bill
the Chekhov books that you want to read
the sunken revelation of my scars
that require psychiatry
nor the unusual sand that your tiny feet claim with the blinking of the seas
not even that my love
not even that
it will only
pay for my anguish caged in the ash of the sky
to consult your open sex like an alphabet of water
to stop the shooting on the corner
and save me once again from the hell that my memories become.


Noé Lima from Zumbido (2016) Editorial Ixchel, Honduras.

Noé Lima (Ahuachapán, El Salvador, 1971) is a founding member and director of the Tecpán literary group of the University Dr. José Matías Delgado.  Since 1994 he has participated in various poetry events, in and outside of El Salvador including: Manifestarte, Barrilete, Industrial (Guatemala), VIII Encuentro Internacional de Escritores Eunice Odio (San José, Costa Rica), II Festival Internacional de Poesía El Turno del Disidente (Tegucigalpa, 2012), VIII Festival Internacional de Poesía de Quetzaltenango (Guatemala, 2012) and C.A-6 (Managua, Nicaragua, 2012).  Lima also directed “El Taller de Poesía del Parque,” an urban literary group in his hometown.  He has served as coordinator of the cultural supplement "Altazor" of the newspaper El Mundo in El Salvador.  He published Efecto Residuo (Ediciones Mundo Bizarro, Guatemala , 2004), Zumbido and Erosión and has several books forthcoming including Erógena en 3D.  

LA POESÍA NO PAGA LAS CUENTAS AMOR MÍO.
Ya te he dicho amor mío
que la poesía nunca paga las cuentas
paga el delirio de los cuchillos que hacen sangrar
las líquidas membranas de los sueños

apenas eso
puede pagar para consolarte

apenas paga el síndrome festivo de los charcos invernales
cuando los coches desatan el aullido empañado de la lluvia
en las ventanas de los buses
el diseminado polvo en la mirada cansada
de cómo llegarán a casa con las manos vacías
los trabajadores de las fábricas

apenas eso me repito y te escribo mientras te sacudes
la parálisis de cada día en el horario cautivo de tu pecho
y haces la cena para mitigar el hambre
que muerde con alevosía el estómago
el puente de seda en que se convierte tu mirada
sobre el papel que se derrama como ola quebrada
y que llegada la noche será tu cobijo
contra el smog de la ciudad
su tráfico de piedra
el baile
mudo en los tatuajes de los árboles
como una postal herida a través de la ventana

Ya te he dicho que la poesía no pagará la cuenta de la luz
los libros de Chejov que deseas leer
el hundido apocalipsis de mis cicatrices
que requieren de psiquíatra
ni la insólita arena que tus menudos pies reclaman con el pestañeo de los mares
ni eso amor mío
ni eso
solamente
pagará mi angustia enjaulada en la ceniza del cielo
para consultar tu sexo abierto como un alfabeto de agua
para detener la balacera de la esquina
y salvarme una vez más del infierno en que se convierten los recuerdos.




Noé Lima from Zumbido (2016) Editorial Ixchel, Honduras.

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