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Murmur of the Bay

Translated by Don Cellini


Look at us there, fermented
between daybreak
               and its chills
the dawn dampens us
with its almost ashen milk
and it moves us
with that glamour of things
that rot

look at us there, ghosts
and leave us there, wandering
biting the mud
to quench the germ
with our constant thirst
nourishing ourselves
on everything that hurts


Copyright © 2019 Jonatán Reyes and Don Cellini. Used with permission of the authors. This poem originally appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Winter 2019.


Jonatán Reyes

Jonatán Reyes is the author of several books, including Filmina (Fedora, 2016), a finalist for the Pilar Fernández Labrador international poetry prize, and Perdíamos la gracia y el verano (Fedora, 2017). Born in Puerto Rico, he lives in New York.

Date Published: 2019-02-01

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