This is the age of iron in the throat by Antonio Gamoneda

THIS is the age of iron in the throat. There.

You inhabit yourself but do not recognize yourself: you live in an abandoned vault in which you listen to your heart

while grease and oblivion spread through all your veins and

you calcify amid the pain and from your mouth

fall black syllables.

You make your way toward the invisible

and know that what does not exist is real.

Vaguely, you keep your causes and your dreams

(you still retain the fragrance of the suicides),

they feed your rage and piety.

Not much of you remains: your vertigo, your fingernails

and shadows of memories.

You think of disappearance. You caress

the cerebral darkness, drop to the liver charred by grief.

Such is the age of iron in the throat. Now

nothing can be understood. And even so,

you love as much as you have lost.

Note: Translated from the Spanish by Robin Myers. Following is the original.

ÉSTA es la edad del hierro en la garganta. Ya.

Te habitas a ti mismo pero te desconoces; vives en una bóveda abandonada en la que escuchas tu propio corazón

mientras la grasa y el olvido se extienden por tus venas y

te calcificas en el dolor y de tu boca

caen sílabas negras.

Vas hacia lo invisible

y sabes que es real lo que no existe.

Retienes vagamente tus causas y tus sueños

(aún conservas el olor de los suicidas),

te alimentan la ira y la piedad.

Queda poco de ti: vértigo, uñas

y sombras de recuerdos.

Piensas la desaparición. Acaricias

la tiniebla cerebral, bajas al hígado calcinado por la tristeza.

Así es la edad del hierro en la garganta. Ya

todo es incompresible. Sin embargo,

amas aún cuanto has perdido.

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