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Image, and: Letters, and: The Chair

From: Colorado Review
Volume 40, Number 3, Fall/Winter 2013
pp. 132-134 | 10.1353/col.2013.0073

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translated by Jesse Lee Kercheval

She went out in the hall for a moment
—the hall without anyone—
and saw that the sun entered obliquely
—dust in the air.

She took a few steps forward
and crossed
the golden, the oblique,
the solitary.

And all that is left behind
an image
that will not belong to anyone.


translated by Jesse Lee Kercheval

I am sending you some drawings. Lots of kisses.
I got very good grades. Lots of kisses.

And so, between paper kisses, the news
the brave word, the hope.

(Everything that must not be said or written
beats, between one letter and the next, on the blank paper.)

The Chair

translated by Jesse Lee Kercheval

She wanted to have a chair in the room
—a very small room—
in case visitors came.
She also wanted to have some candy
to offer, in case children came.
She always had to have flowers,
too, to brighten up the room.
After smoothing the fold of the sheet
everything was ready.

Those who sat in the chair
can be counted on the fingers of one hand,
and there would be fingers left.
Nevertheless she always spoke of various friends
who might perhaps come to visit her
even though they lived far away.
She also kept a dessert or a soda
in case anyone, suddenly, arrived.

Ah, but the chair,
the chair that now does not want to be matched
with others.
It waits—not for the emptiness that erased the whole room—
but rather for some words, a greeting,
a trivial conversation, always virtually the same
about those friends
who would, perhaps, come.

Circe Maia  

Circe Maia is the author of nine books of poetry. She was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1932, but she has lived most of her life in the northern city of Tacuarembó, where she taught philosophy. In 1972, when the military dictatorship took power in Uruguay, police arrested her husband for supporting the MLN Tupamaros, leaving Maia behind only because she had just given birth to their youngest daughter, an experience she wrote about in the short autobiographical novel Un Viaje a Salto (Editions del Nuevo Mundo, 1987). Her collected poems, Circe Maia: Obra Poética (Rebeka Linke Editores), was published in Uruguay in 2011.

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