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Colombian poet Juan Guillermo Sánchez.

Allow the water to fill the glass
          and spill over

Die without ever existing
          Wait

          ***

Let’s assume I’ll do the same thing
all my life

I shouldn’t worry
but it worries me

Pick up the thread
thread the needle
bind all the fears together with yawns

          ***

If the firefly doesn’t flicker
          there’s probably too much light

Translated by Geneviève Gauvreau, Gonzalo Piñeros, and Sophie M. Lavoie

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LALT No. 4
Number 4

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.

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