A constant thread in Operé’s poetry is travel. Since he left Spain in order to study in the United States his steps have taken him on a journey through two American continents and all around the world. Operé tells us that traveling is for him a source of inspiration and a way to connect with a world that he does not understand. In this way, poetry is a path toward self knowledge and personal expression.
Author Fernando Operé
Translation Zachary Rockwell Ludington
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WHAT TIME IS IT IN PAMPLONA
is the time of blood,
fire time on lips,
on afternoons with no diameter,
or time for wine
on sidewalks and cobbles.
It’s a time for being born,
the hour opens doors and closes the bullpen,
time for red silence and breaths held back,
time for dying crazy on a corner
or from a horntip at the boards.
Day Outwits The Clocks