Mercedes Roffe -Argentina-


Mercedes Roffé face and logo 2015

She is the founding editor of Ediciones Pen Press (www.edicionespenpress.com), 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).

BREAKING THE VICIOUS CYCLE

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


ROMPIENDO EL CÍRCULO VICIOSO

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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