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«I am not nor am I the other»

Mário de Sá-Carneiro

What the water hides here is not a face,
nor what is heard beneath, its presence:
it is another identity, whose memory
not even forgetfulness could specify.

Beyond its voice the shadow vibrates
and states an I none other repeats,
as if time so alone in it were
the substance of an endless breath.


Jaime Siles
English Translation by Dave Oliphant

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