Poetry Saturday: MIGUEL HERNANDEZ (1910-1942)

Rod Blagojevich claimed to Anderson Cooper that he was “a political prisoner.”

Here’s a real one:

THE CEMETERY LIES NEAR

from the collection Miguel Hernandez selected and translated from the Spanish by Don Share (NYRB, 2013)

The cemetery lies near
where you and I are sleeping,
among blue nopals,
blue pitas, and children
who shout at the top of their lungs
if a corpse darkens the street.

From here to the cemetery everything
is blue, golden, clear.
Four steps away, the dead.
Four steps away, the living.

Clear, blue, and golden.
My son grows remote there.

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