Guitar (by César Vallejo, translated by Clayton Eshleman)

Original Text: 
César Vallejo, The Complete Poetry: A Bilingual Edition, trans. Clayton Eshleman, foreword Mario Vargas Llosa, intro. Efrain Kristal, and chronology Stephen M. Hart (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from a volume on the 2008 International Shortlist).
1      The pleasure of suffering, of hating, dyes
2my throat with plastic venoms,
3but the bristle that implants its magic order,
4its taurine grandeur, between the first string
5and the sixth
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2011