Blanca Varela

(1926 - 2009 / Lima, Peru)

CURRICULUM VITAE - Poem by Blanca Varela

let's say you won the race
and the prize
was another race
you didn't savor the wine of victory
but your own salt
you never listened to hurrahs
but dog barks
and your shadow
your own shadow
was your only
and disloyal competitor

translated by Ilan Stavans


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 27, 2016



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