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Mercedes Roffe -Argentina-

Mercedes Roffé face and logo 2015

She is the founding editor of Ediciones Pen Press (, a New York-based independent press dedicated to the publication of contemporary poetry from around the world. Roffé holds a diploma in Modern Languages from the University of Buenos Aires, and a Ph.D. from New York University. She was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2001) and a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship (2012).


My fate

to carry in my soul a white,

barren forest

in my eyes, nothingness

and in my hands, the loop that will choke me

a nest on my head commands me to be born from myself

a crow, meanwhile waits for dawn for the spell brewed by his gaze and mine to break


Mi sino

llevar en el alma un bosque

blanco, estéril

en los ojos, la nada

y en las manos, el aro que me ahorque

un nido en la cabeza me conmina a nacer de mí

un cuervo, mientras tanto espera que amanezca que se rompa el hechizo que conjugan su mirada y la mía

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