Winter 2008 • Vol. XXX No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2008 |

Love Is Worthy of This

from Spanish Exaggerate, love is worthy of this. How to be happy with less than eternity? To love beyond any restrictions, even the speed limit,     scarcely making good use of love's wings. To love in the clouds and beyond them, at ten thousand meters,     with the complicity of angels and stewardesses. To love in water, on the high seas, in its abysmal depths, holding your breath     until you don't know if it's a grenade at the point of bursting     or your heart in your chest. To love dizzyingly as if each kiss transported you to an electron accelerator. To love to death, with the shudder of touching tibias and skulls with each     embrace and caress. Let out a laugh of thirty thousand kilometers. I offer you a love obedient to all laws but the law of gravity.

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Víctor Rodríguez Núñez is one of Cuba's most outstanding contemporary writers. He has published more than thirty books of poetry throughout Latin America and Europe and has received major awards all over the Spanish-speaking world. He divides his time between Gambier, Ohio, where he is professor of Spanish at Kenyon College, and Havana, Cuba.
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Katherine M. Hedeen is the poetry in translation editor for the Kenyon Review and the associate editor of Action Books.  She is a two-time recipient of a NEA Translation Project Grant, she is a professor of Spanish at Kenyon College.

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