It’s pointless to travel among the scent of ash, to lay poppies to rest in the blind angel’s jaw.
Song of childhood: smoking skin’s opium and drinking the last drop of blues from the darkest bottle in a Louisiana bar. Lung muzzled while the gramophone plays Bessie Smith or Billie Holiday.
A barefoot print gives her away, her clear shadow gives her away.
A crevice rummages in the penumbra. Find yourself powerless to count the assortment of clouds at your fingerstips.
It’s beautiful to watch over the sun, naked, when night falls: the orgy of her voice low, curved within the earth.
Translated by Olivia Lott
Henry Alexander Gómez (Bogotá, Colombia, 1982) earned a degree in Social Sciences from the Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas and is currently studying for his Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at the Universidad Central. He is the director of the “Ojo en la tinta” Literary Festival. His book Cartografía de la luz won the Universidad Externado de Colombia’s 26th National Contest for Poetry, and he was also awarded the Casa de Poesía Silva’s national prize for “La poesía de la vida cotidiana.” His book Georg Trakl en el ocaso won second prize in the 9th Bonaventuriano Poetry Contest. Among his books of poetry are Memorial del árbol (2013), winner of the 4th National Contest for Unpublished Works of Poetry, Diabolus in música (2014), winner of the Ciro Mendía Poetry Prize, and Teoría de la gravedad (2014), published in Quito, Ecuador. He also forms part of the editorial board of the Latin American poetry magazine La Raíz Invertida.
The fourth issue of LALT highlights underrepresented but deserving voices from across Latin America, with a focus on women writers as well as special sections dedicated to genre-bending science fiction, indigenous-language poetry and prose, and the essential relationship between author and translator.