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Francisca Aguirre

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Francisca Aguirre was born in Alicante, Spain, in 1930. Her first poetry collection, Ithaca (Ediciones Cultura Hispánica, 1972) received Spain’s Leopoldo Panero Poetry Award. This collection was later published in the United States as Ithaca (BOA Editions, 2004), translated by Ana Valverde Osan. Aguirre has published several other poetry collections in Spain, including Historia de una anatomia (Ediciones Hiperión, 2010), winner of the 2011 Premio Nacional de Poesía, and Ensayo General: Poesía Completa, 1966–2000 (S. L. Calambur Editorial, 2000). She has also received the María Isabel Fernández-Simal Award and the Esquío Award, among others. Aguirre lives in Madrid, Spain.

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translated by Ana Valverde Osan

To say goodbye means so little.
We said goodbye to childhood
and it came after us like a dog
tracking our steps.
To say goodbye: to shut that obstinate door that refuses to remain closed,
the persistent scar that


translated by Ana Valverde Osan

There is always adolescence and nothing else at dusk.

When the soft bend in the evening
insinuates its desolate curve,
something within us also bends over.
We have very few things then,
no possession accompanies us,
no possession offends