“Estival, ida y vuelta”/ “Summer, There and Back,” a Poem by Mariana Spada, translated by Robin Myers


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Nada hay como remar de noche

por un río negro y conocido

tan negro que la luna reverbera

sobre el perfil tornasolado de los peces

cruzando el caudal antiguo

mil cuchillos arrojados desde el fondo

por una mano ciega.


En este río domado por represas

las ramas se vuelcan mansas lejos de

la orilla, y besan el agua donde

abrevan las luciérnagas que una vez

pareció que nos seguían. Este río

lo cruzamos juntos una noche, desde

una costa de arena hasta la otra de



There’s nothing quite like rowing in the dark

along a black, familiar river

so black the moon reverberates

against the gleaming profile of the fish

crossing the ancient course,

a thousand knives flung from the depths

by some blind hand.


Inside this dam-tamed river

boughs jostle gentle far from

shore, kissing the water where

the fireflies, which once had seemed

to follow us, have come to drink. We crossed

this river once, together, from

a bank of sand onto another one of



Excerpted from The Law of Conservation by Mariana Spada, translated by Robin Myers. Copyright © 2023. Available from Deep Vellum.

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