Poem 38 in Solidarity: Para as insurrectas/os turcos (For the Insurgent Women of Turkey)

By Chus Pato

Para as insurrectas/os turcos 

miles pisando as rúas
as prazas os parques da Terra
Que as palabras sexan a poeira erguida
os pés que latexan na liberdade do planeta
Comeza de novo a grande saúde
a maior virtude
e más ledo saber
na cunca da mao
parque Gezi
fronteira franca
Unha era dá cabo de si
Se es bala organizas o campo
Isto sucede agora
cando ti o les
Permanentemente psíquicos
os corpos

For the Insurgent Women of Turkey
 (translated by Erín Moure from Galician)

thousands on foot in the streets
in the squares the parks of the earth
May these words be rising dust
feet that beat in the freedom of the planet
may superb health break out anew
the highest virtue
and happiest knowledge
Close by
in the cup of the hand
Gezi Park
a clear line drawn
An era ushers itself to an end
is fulfilled
If you’re a bullet you organize the countryside
This happens now
while you’re reading
Permanently psychic

Chus Pato

Chus Pato

Chus Pato (Galicia, 1955) has published ten books of poems: Urania (Ourense: Calpurnia, 1991), Heloísa (A Coruña: Espiral Maior, 1994), Fascinio (Muros: Toxosoutos, 1995), Nínive (Vigo: Edicións Xerais, 1996), A ponte das poldras (Santiago de Compostela: Noitarenga, 1996; 2ª ed.: Vigo: Galaxia, 2006), m-Talá (Vigo: Edicións Xerais, 2000), Charenton (Vigo: Edicións Xerais, 2003), Hordas de escritura (Vigo: Edicións Xerais, 2008), Secesión ( Vigo: Galaxia, 2009) and Carne de leviatán (Vigo: Galaxia, 2013). Four of her books have appeared in English, translated by Erín Moure: From m-Talá (Vancouver: Nomados, 2003, selected from m-Talá, 2000), Charenton (Exeter & Ottawa: Shearsman Books & BuschekBooks, 2007), m-Talá (Exeter & Ottawa: Shearsman Books & BuschekBooks, 2009), and Hordes of Writing (Exeter & Ottawa, Shearsman Books & BuschekBooks, 2011). Secession is currently in translation. Nínive was awarded the Losada Diéguez Prize; Hordas de escritura received the Spanish National Critics’ Prize and the Losada Diéguez. She has given readings all over Europe, as well as in Morocco, Argentina, and Canada.

Erín Moure  is a translator from French, Spanish, Galician, and Portuguese and the author of fourteen books of poetry. She has received the Governor General’s Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the A. M. Klein Prize, and has been a three-time finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize. She lives in Montreal. Visit Erín Moure’s blog for her book The Unmemntioablehttp://unmemntioable.wordpress.com/Visit


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