The great Peruvian poet, César Abraham Vallejo was born on March 16, 1892 in Santiago de Chuco, a small rural community in the central part of Peru. Both his grandmothers were Chimu Indians and both grandfathers were Spanish Catholic priests, and accordingly, as one of eleven children, Vallejo grew up in a world of deep religious devotion.
cruel sweetness. It scares me.
This house is perfectly pleasing, the whole
reason for this condition of not knowing where to go.
Let’s not enter. I fear the present, the allowance
to return at any moment, across blasted bridges.
I won’t push any further, sweet sir,
gallant reflection, sad
song of skeleton bones.
How peacefully, he of this enchanted house
spends my quicksilver; and plugs
my orifices leading
to a dried-out actuality.
--Translated from the French by Douglas Messerli