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  Csar Vallejo translated by Clayton Eshleman
Clayton Eshleman is a poet, translator, essayist, editor, and amateur paleo-archeologist. Since 1968, he has published 13 collections of poetry with Black Sparrow Press. He has founded and edited two seminal
Cesar Vallejo translated by Clayton Eshleman
literary magazines: Caterpillar, 20 issues, 1967-1973, and Sulfur, 46 issues, 1981-2000. He has received the National Book Award in Translation, the Landon Translation Prize from the Academy of American Poets, a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, and numerous grants from both the NEA and the NEH. In February 2007, he will be a Regents Lecturer for the Spanish Department at UCLA where an international symposium based on his new Vallejo translation will be held. Every June, with his wife Caryl, he leads a tour, sponsored by the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, to the French Ice Age painted caves.

Black Stone on a White Stone

Csar Vallejo

translated by Clayton Eshleman
  I will die in Paris with a downpour,
a day which I can already remember.
I will die in Paris—and I don't budge—
maybe a Thursday, like today, in autumn.

  Thursday it will be, because today, Thursday,
as I prose these lines, I have forced on
my humeri and, never like today, have I turned,
with all my journey, to see myself alone.

  Csar Vallejo has died, they beat him,
all of them, without him doing anything to them;
they gave it to him hard with a stick and hard

  likewise with a rope; witnesses are
the Thursdays and the humerus bones,
the loneliness, the rain, the roads...

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