THE RAISED FIST – ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF “EL PUÑO EN ALTO” BY JUAN VILLORO

The Raised Fist You are from the place where you pick up the garbage. Where two bolts of lightning fall in the same place. Because you saw the first, you wait for the second. And you’re still here. Where the earth opens and people come together. You arrived late again: You’re alive because you’re unpunctual,... Continue Reading →

DESPACITO ENGLISH TRANSLATION

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJQP7kiw5Fk   Yeah, you know I've been watching you for a while now I've gotta dance with you today I saw your look was calling me Show me the path I'm on You, you're the magnet and I'm the metal  I'm getting closer and hatching a plan Just thinking about it gets my pulse... Continue Reading →

PLUMAS Y PEINES (PENS AND COMBS)

On weekdays I alight from the subway, the new day still in darkness and join the throng to ascend the stairs and listen to the female cry of 5 peso jellies for breakfast. Through the turnstiles and then I turn left, still groggy from too little sleep and pass churros being sugared, fruits high-powered liquefied,... Continue Reading →

THIS CITY – MEX. CITY: A TO Z

  When I abbreviate this city, it is to speak as one with millions of defeños– EL DF.   What I breathe in this city, I do not really know. My larynx admits oxygen and all manner of airborne particles – It doesn’t seem to bother me much.   When I cough in this city, some... Continue Reading →

ENCASED DREAM / SUEÑO ENCAJADO

This short piece of fiction I wrote has a few references to Latin America so I thought I would publish it here.  I have been doing quite a lot of translation recently but primarily from Spanish to English, so I decided I would translate this to Spanish.  The photo is of Oaxaca, a beautiful colonial city... Continue Reading →

CHRISTMAS IN A SUBURBAN AMERICAN WASTELAND

  Latin America - no, although the demographics are rapidly changing.  America - not according to Latin Americans.  Please do not appropriate what belongs to all. The United States.  The vast land to the north is a great lure for many.  I always thought and hoped that I would cross over by land into Texas,... Continue Reading →

ODE TO THE LATIN AMERICAN STREET DOG

Sans shame, you copulate under shop awnings, in parks, down alleys then trot off for post-coital taco scraps on Mexico City corners Slumbering in sunny plazas you dream while fleas run amok across your fur and screw into your rabid flesh I saw you snarl White of your eyes and unknown intentions in the streets... Continue Reading →

PAQUIMÉ AT DAWN

In November 2012 I was very fortunate to spend a beautiful, calm and clear morning at the archaeological site of Casas Grandes (Paquimé) in Mexico's largest state Chihuahua.  It was my last day in Mexico - a perfect start to the day before continuing en route to New Mexico.   I wrote this very short... Continue Reading →

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