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Volume 1 | Issue 3 | October 2006 | 

Let Ezra Pound Speak
Luis Benítez



If you have nothing to say keep silent
let Ezra Pound speak
from the shadows the splendid old man
from the fine water line
the magnificent old man
shows you the genuine banknotes of his fortune
and all shine legitimate fish
of an infinite river which indeed
never stops.
If you have nothing to say keep silent
the high gentleman the variegated ladies
who lived and died and were born for this only cause
cannot allow by their side
the stuttering of a dwarf
the limping of a false purse
denouncing that the gold of their verbs
lacks that thin water line
that savage finesse the impecable spot
not adorning the head of a written animal
-which goes through the paper only for an instant-
but comes out of the bottomless animal
of the live viscus where royal blood runs
-that one where red comes from-
and beats outside like a monster of light
like an image without other chapel than every thing
of every universe possible or impossible
which could indeed be adored
standing and without veils without altars or anything
-not even acolytes-
under the name of our lady of veils
crowned by manure and nerves
of eclipses and novas O you
tall and short sublime malicious
poetry reigning over the extended night
and the narrow day.



Luis Benítez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1956). Member of the Latin-American Academy of Poetry, the International Society of Writers, the World Poets Society, the Argentinean Society of Writers and the Argentinean Foundation for the Poetry. He has received the tittle of Compagnon de la Poésie, from La Porte des Poétes Association, France. His 9 books of poetry, 2 essays and 2 novels were published in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela. Between another local and international awards, he has received: La Porte des Poétes International Award (Paris, 1991); Biennial Award of the Argentinean Poetry (Buenos Aires, 1991); Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat Foundation Award of Poetry (Buenos Aires, 1996); International Award of Fiction (Uruguay, 1996); Primo Premio Tusculorum di Poesia (Italy, 1996) and 10me. Concours International de Poésie, accesit (Paris, 2003).
Since the ´90s, several reviews publish his poems in translation: Upstairs at Duroc and La Porte des Poétes (from Paris, France); The Boston Literary Review, Barnwood, And Then, Tamarind, Szrine, Green Mountains, Luz Bilingual and La Nuez (from USA); Inclement Poetry, Cauldrom, Littoral, Awe, Manifold and Poetry Monthly (from United Kingdom); Poetry Salzburg Review (from Austria); L´Ortica and Isola Nigra (from Italy), The Instanbul Literary Review (from Turkey) and others.

Address: Belaustegui 2868, 3er. Piso, Dpto. 7, Buenos Aires –1416- Argentina
Phone: (54-11) 4582-1170
E-mail: lben20032003@yahoo.com.ar

Poetry books by the author:

Poems from the Earth and the Memory (Buenos Aires, 1980)

Mythologies/The Ballad of the Lost Woman (Buenos Aires, 1983)

Behering and Other Poems (1rst edition, Buenos Aires, 1985; 2nd edition Mexico DF, 1995)

Wars, Epitaphs and Conversations (Buenos Aires, 1989)

Fractal (Buenos Aires, 1991)

The Past and the Eves (Venezuela, 1995)

Selected Poems (USA, 1996)

The Mare of the Night (Chile, 2001)

The Venenero and other poems (Buenos Aires, 2005)

The elephant´s afternoon and other poems (Caracas, Venezuela, 2006)










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