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The Dreams of Scipio— A Spanish poem by Luis Cruz

Oct 20, 2022 | Poetry | 0 comments

Translated from the Spanish by James Storbakken 

I imagined,
Yes, I imagined I was in a temple where
Everything known fit perfectly into its place. Each object against another
In essence, sweat, pestilence, and vileness;
The pure and the virtues howled and moaned in unison,
Suffering from the excess of their pleasure.

Outside the temple, ethereal music is heard emanating from the spheres,
Some large, others small, all beautiful and exhibiting
Lush, polished surfaces;
Without which, however, they would not lie to me,
For their music is simultaneously an example
Of the most perverse internal torture.

The howling of the sacrificial hoard and the movements of
The spheres are the enchanting melodies that are
Played around the temple hall’s sacrificial flames,
The flames fueled by bones and by memories.


Read another Spanish poem by Pedro Licona, translated to English by James Storbakken, and published in The Antonym

A Spirit Mystified Within Its Own Labyrinth— Pedro Licona

Also, read two poems, written in Hindi by Kedarnath Singh , and translated to English by Sharmista De, published in The Antonym.

Two Hindi Poems by Kedarnath Singh


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Luis Cruz is a scholar, a historian, a Cicero fan, a fan of Rome’s foundations, etc. His poems seem the fragments of a leather-shoed historian-genius in hiding, whether he be sweltered somewhere within a university library or holed up in his own nook. They both hold their own in the massive burlesque world of Modern Poetics.

James Storbakken and his wife live in the hills of southern Spain just south of Granada, Spain, in Lanjarón. He writes poetry, novellas, and short stories, and has just completed a novel. To keep his head above water and support his family he works as an English teacher and a professional landscaper. He has been previously published in The Alta Dena Review, Racconti Liberi magazine, and The Bangalore Review. Contact: [email protected].

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