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Eros, I want to guide you, blind Father...
From your almighty hands I ask for
His sublime body spilled in fire
Upon my body faint in roses!

The electric corolla that I now open
Offers the nectary of a garden of wives;
To his vultures in my flesh I offer
A whole swarm of roseate doves.

Give to the two cruel serpents of his embrace
My great feverish stem …Absinth, honeys,
Spill on me from his veins, from his mouth …

Thus lying I am an ardent furrow
Where can be nurtured the seed
Of another lineage sublimely mad!


Delmira Agustini
Translation by Alejandro Cáceres

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Selected Poetry of Delmira Agustini: Poetics of Eros. Contributors: Alejandro Cáceres - editor, Willis Barnstone - unknown. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of Publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication Year: 2003