A white-fleshed delicate taste
you hold in your name the thing you love most.
Now that’s just so you can read between the waterlines.
I think about tonguefish
submerged in its name
slim like a dark poem
hard to catch in the chaos.
Won’t you lie down
blindside along my riverbed?
Since we blend sirens
and sardines you’ll just
have to swim these pages.
And though I’ll not catch verses casting nets
I’ll keep watch from the gunwale.
That Cubist tonguefish smile:
from the dark side
of the heart.
By Yolanda Castaño
Translated by Keith Payne
From SECOND TONGUE
by Yolanda Castaño
Translated by Keith Payne
Published by Shearsman Books (2020)
Yolanda Castaño has been publishing poetry for over twenty years. Her six collections have been awarded a number of prizes. Bilingual editions (Galician-Spanish) of her collections are Libro de la Egoísta, Profundidad de Campo and La segunda lengua (Second Tongue). A dynamic cultural activist, Castaño has directed cultural projects with Galician and international poets since 2009: poetry translation workshops, an annual poetry festival, a monthly cycle of readings, apart from programming poetry events for other institutions.
Keith Payne was the 2021 John Broderick Writer in Residence. An award-winning poet and translator, he has published seven collections to date of original poetry and poetry in translation and currently shares his time between Dublin and Vigo. He was the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award winner 2015–2016.
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