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With March’s Moon the Photo

with March’s moon the photo
arrived and we
were all alive;
rapid
words
from that essence
that is fast
and that turns and detaches itself;
slow, the moon,
returns month by month

Translation of “[con la luna de marzo llegó],” by Olvido García Valdés, from Y todos estábamos vivos (Barcelona: Tusquets Editores, 200. Copyright Olvido García Valdés. By arrangement with the author. Translation copyright by Catherine Hammond. All rights reserved.