POEM Jorge Fondebrider translated by Richard Gwyn

NWR Issue 100


When I first saw the Irish Sea,
I thought there’s a lot more sea here than elsewhere,
I thought that in the south there isn’t a world’s end,
south of the south the world goes on.
To the north, however, the sky weighs on you...

Jorge Fondebrider is an Argentinian poet and writer. Alongside five collections of poetry and numerous anthologies and studies of twentieth-century Argentinian poetry, he has published widely on such topics as a history of lycanthropy, a study of Argentinians in Paris, and books on Patagonia and Buenos Aires. Jorge is also a translator from both French and English, notably of twentieth-century Irish short stories and poetry. He is the founding organizer of the Buenos Aires Club de Traductores.

Richard Gwyn is the author of several volumes of poetry, two novels and a memoir, The Vagabond’s Breakfast (Alcemi), which won the 2012 Wales Book of the Year Award (creative nonfiction). He is also a translator from Spanish, publishing A Complicated Mammal, the poems of Joaquín Giannuzzi (CB editions, 2012). A Selected Poems of Jorge Fondebrider is due from Cinnamon in October, and a new anthology of contemporary Latin American Poetry is due from Seren in 2015. He is the author of Ricardo Blanco’s Blog. An interview with Richard Gwyn as translator can be found exclusively on our digital edition sold via the http://www.newwelshreview.com/shop.php and www.exacteditions.com


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