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  • First Fog of Another Fall / La primera niebla de otra caída
  • Rhonda Batchelor (bio)
    Translated by Martha Kosir-Widenbauer (bio)

First Fog of Another Fall

I need the fog to lift so I canfind the garden and dead-head the daisies.

I need the fog to lift so I candrive to the post office with the sympathy card.

I need the fog to lift or at least driftfurther east so morning can rise above.

I need the fog to drift so I can drift with itand not be so earthbound, so grave.

I need to lift and drift right out of thislow, damp place, but, failing, settle

for any metaphoric ray to piercethe metaphoric fog. [End Page 176]

La primera niebla de otra caída

Necesito que la niebla se disipe para que puedaencontrar el jardín y podar las margaritas.

Necesito que la niebla se disipe para que puedaconducir a la oficina de correos con una tarjeta de condolencias.

Necesito que la niebla se disipe o por lo menos que flotemás al este para que la mañana amanezca.

Necesito que la niebla flote para que pueda flotar con ellay no sea tan prosaica, tan grave.

Necesito alzarme y flotar fuera de estebajo, húmedo lugar, pero, fracasar, contentarme con

cualquier rayo metafórico para atravesarla niebla metafórica. [End Page 177]


It's hard to swallow the daywhen morning is a pieceof dry toastand the sky is curdled, souras last night'sdisputatious dreams.

Coming down with somethingthat may or may not beall in your head.

Take more time than you needto read the label's warning.Drowsiness is relative, as isthe heaviness of machinery.

Activities that require beingalert seem remote wheneverything you do of lateis carried out by rote. [End Page 178]

Rhonda Batchelor

Rhonda Batchelor has worked as a writer, editor, publisher, bookseller and consultant, since 1977. From 1990 to 1997 she and her husband Charles Lillard operated Reference West, a small literary press publishing over 100 chapbooks of poetry and short fiction by some of Canada's finest writers. Her own books include Bearings, Interpreting Silence and Weather Report. Her poetry, fiction, reviews and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is currently the Assistant Editor of The Malahat Review.

Rhonda Batchelor se ha desempeñado como escritora, editora, y vendedora de libros y consultora desde 1977. Desde 1990 hasta 1997, ella y su esposo Charles Lillard operan Reference West, una pequeña casa editorial que ha editado más de cien librillos de coplas y cuentos procedentes de los más destacados escritores canadienses. Sus libros incluyen Bearings, Interpreting Silence y Weather Report. Su obra poética, de ficción y ensayística ha sido editada en varias revistas literarias y antologías. En la actualidad Batchelor es editora asistente de The Malahat Review.

Martha Kosir-Widenbauer

Martha Kosir-Widenbauer was born in the US and grew up in Slovenia. After graduating from high school, she moved back to the US and completed her university studies there, earning a BA in Spanish and German from Duquesne University (1994), an MA in Spanish and Comparative literature from the University of Notre Dame (1996) and a PhD in Hispanic Literature from Vanderbilt University (2004). Currently a professor of Spanish at Kentucky Wesleyan College, she has done numerous poetry translations from Slovenian, German, and English into Spanish, and has been a member of the advisory board of this journal since its inception.

Martha Kosir-Widenbauer nació en los EEUU y se crió en Eslovenia. Después de recibirse de la escuela secundaria regresó a los EEUU, graduándose con un título universitario en castellano y alemán de Duquesne University (1994), con una licenciatura en castellano y literatura comparada de la University of Notre Dame (1996), y con un doctorado en literatura hispánica de Vanderbilt University (2004). En la actualidad se desempeña como profesora de castellano en Kentucky Weleyan College. Ha realizado numerosas traducciones de poesía del esloveno, alemán, e inglés al castellano...


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