with March’s moon the photo
arrived and we
were all alive;
from that essence
that is fast
and that turns and detaches itself;
slow, the moon,
returns month by month

Translation of “[con la luna de marzo llegó],” by Olvido García Valdés, from Y todos estábamos vivos (Barcelona: Tusquets Editores, 200. Copyright Olvido García Valdés. By arrangement with the author. Translation copyright by Catherine Hammond. All rights reserved.

con la luna de marzo llegó
la foto y todos
estábamos vivos;
de velocidad,
de esa sustancia
que es veloz
y gira y se desprende;
lenta, la luna,
vuelve mes a mes

Olvido García ValdésOlvido García Valdés

Olvido García Valdés (Asturias, España, 1950) resides in Toledo. Her poetry collections, except for her most recent Lo solo del animal, have been published together in one volume Esa polilla que delante de mí revolotea (Poesía reunida). She has translated Pier Paolo Pasolini’s La religión de mi tiempo y Larga carretera de arena and contributed to a comprehensive anthology of poetry in Spanish translation of Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva. She also authored the biographical study Teresa de Jesús and is co-editor of the magazines Los Infolios and El signo del gorrión. In 2007 she was awarded the Premio Nacional de Poesía (National Poetry Prize) for her collection Y todos estábamos vivos.

Translated from SpanishSpanish by Catherine HammondCatherine Hammond

Catherine Hammond has a BA in Spanish from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an MFA from Arizona State University in creative writing. Poems translated from Olvido García Valdés’ collection And We Were All Alive / Y todos estábamos vivos appear as a chapbook, House Surrounded by Scaffold, from Mid-American Review. She also has translations in American Poetry Review, Field, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Drunken Boat, and many other national magazines. Hammond’s own poetry has been anthologized in Fever Dreams:  Contemporary Arizona Poetry from University of Arizona Press, in MARGIN: Exploring Modern Magical Realism, and in Yellow Silk from Warner Books.  She has three Pushcart nominations.