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Three Poems by Yanko González

translated from the Spanish by Stephen Rosenshein





onofre lindsay

To photograph us and see us in movement on his little giant screen
A good idea for whoever prefers his body double to his own hideous figure
Whoever sniffs and is overwhelmed by the acidity of his three pairs of armpits
Idea good idea for those who whiten themselves.


Something like a Voyeur of the gums
A Snooping ocular balloon


Second hand buoy for ghosts.








why bother

to talk about how she got here
with an outstretched hand
like she didn’t know how to buy
to flush the toilet asking me
misses carmen this
misses carmen that
—don’t call me misses!
is what I told her
call me carmen
but not “cam-men”  like you say it

would you believe me she acted offended.







that does not want

“that
does
not
want
to
die
like
a
dog
no
one
wants
to
die
like
a
dog
all
man
kind
deserves
not
to
die
like
a
dog
has
lived
like
a
pig
and
does
not
want
to
die
like
a
dog.”





Yanko González (1971) is the author of Metales Pesados, Héroes Civiles y Santos Laicos -interviews with Chilean writers-, Alto Volta, Elabuga, and Objetivo General. Together with Pedro Araya, González also co-edited the poetry anthologies Carne fresca: poesía chilena reciente and ZurDos: Última poesía latinoamericana. His work appears in numerous anthologies of Chilean and Latin American poetry, including Cuerpo plural: Antología de la poesía hispanoamericana contemporánea, The Alteration of Silence: Recent Chilean Poetry, and Náufragos y novísimos: Ultima poesia cilena. González has been invited to various national and international meetings of writers, among the latest, the Moscow Poetry Biennial (2019) and the Berlin Poesie festival (2020). He makes his living as an anthropologist.

Stephen Rosenshein is a writer, translator, and visual artist residing in Oakland, CA. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. His debut collection of street photography and poetry, Sincerely, Before, was published by Clarity Editions and was nominated for the Fine Art Photo Awards in Conceptual Photography. His work has also appeared in the International Poetry Review, Fusion Art, Poetry International, NAP, Chamber Four, and more. By day, Stephen is a narrative designer and video game writer.