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By Phil Gennuso

Mi senté
en un claro del tiempo.
Era un remanso
de silencio,
de un blanco
anillo formidable
donde los luceros
chocaban con los doce flotantes
números negros.


I sat
in the clearness of time.
It was a place
of silence,
of white
a enormous ring
where the stars
collided with twelve floating
black numbers.

(From Primeras canciones, 1922)

This early poem took quite awhile to both translate and illustrate. It is so brief, only ten lines, yet it reflects influences, directions, and meanings, many times that magnitude. Here we immediately detect the symbolist, the surrealist, the romantic, and perhaps most importantly, the young artist beginning to gain complete confidence and trust in his talent and mission.

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