PEN has announced its 2013 Translation Fund winners, including Daniel Borzutzky for Chilean poet—and Paris Review contributor—Raúl Zurita’s El País de Tablas (The Country of Planks).
from “Villa Grimaldi Prison”
This is how the chilean prisons were emerging   the snowpeaks of the Andes were nothing but planks nailed to those barracks
In the middle of the ocean’s abyss   as if they had wanted withtheir shredders to remind us of the infinite pain of the campsthe quarters   the infinite sheds where they killed us
When the Pacific opened up and we carried one anotherwe saw the stakes of a cordillera and then a dead skysinking into the slit of the sea until it became the final silencethat covers our remains   still nailed down   still brokenour eyes still open   looking out from those barracks thedead gaze of the ocean

PEN has announced its 2013 Translation Fund winners, including Daniel Borzutzky for Chilean poet—and Paris Review contributor—Raúl Zurita’s El País de Tablas (The Country of Planks).

from “Villa Grimaldi Prison”

This is how the chilean prisons were emerging   the snow
peaks of the Andes were nothing but planks nailed to those barracks

In the middle of the ocean’s abyss   as if they had wanted with
their shredders to remind us of the infinite pain of the camps
the quarters   the infinite sheds where they killed us

When the Pacific opened up and we carried one another
we saw the stakes of a cordillera and then a dead sky
sinking into the slit of the sea until it became the final silence
that covers our remains   still nailed down   still broken
our eyes still open   looking out from those barracks the
dead gaze of the ocean

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    So excited to see this! Daniel Borzutzky has taught in Liberal Arts at SAIC in Humanities. Congrats to him!
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