You’re not going to believe this, but last night, at about 4 a.m., I saw a movie on TV that could have been my biography or my autobiography or a summary of my days on this bitch of a planet. It scared me so fucking shitless I tell you I just about fell off my chair.
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Two poems from Rebecca Tamás’ collection WITCH.
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Translated by Chris Andrews
Chris Andrews teaches at Western Sydney University in Australia. He has translated various books of fiction from Spanish to English, including César Aira’s Ghosts, Rodrigo Rey Rosa’s Severina, Marcelo Cohen’s Melodrome, and Roberto Bolaño’s Distant Star, which won the Valle Inclán Prize in 2005. He is the author of two critical studies: Poetry and Cosmogony: Science in the Writing of Queneau and Ponge and Roberto Bolaño’s Fiction: An Expanding Universe.More about the translator →