From INTERNAL WAR / Volodia Teitelboim Translated from the Spanish by Gregory Rabassa SEPTEMBER DIALOGUE The poet had come to the end of the road. He went down the Avenida La Paz. But, according to the Junta, the Internal War was just beginning. The strange cortege halted. Although the tune was distantly familiar, he couldn't quite make it out. Music had never been his forte. It came to him weak at first, then powerful. Because he was hearing everything, as never before, in a way that might have come from hypertrophy. He could still hear through dead ears. He could still see through dead eyes. But with new conditions, with a different intensity and a different clarity. He could hear what had been inaudible to him before. He could see what had been invisible to him when he was alive. He could an amplifier turned up to X power. That's where he saw her. Her. Esperanza. Yes, her name was Esperanza a Pesar de Todo, "hope in spite of everything," the way other women might be named Pilar Pérez de Arce or Jimena Alvarez de Toledo, or Ana Hidalgo de Cisneros. Combinations of surnames, different amalgams of lineage.
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1983
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