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Nuno Júdice's
original language text

Man does not share in basalt's solidness;
unlike the rock, he is not from volcano sprung,
he did not make an island,
nor boil the sea in spoutings anxious
for the sky.
Man, like a plant,
bends at the cyclone's passing,
trembles to time's
mutation—like now,
as the clouds bring
a shiver of autumn.
This man has the dark grayness
of those clouds, their threatening gaze,
their insistence on remaining—although
he knows the first gust of air
will carry him away from all horizons.

Printed in the Spring/Summer 2002 issue of CLR

Alexis Levitin, trans.

Alexis Levitin's translations have appeared in over 200 magazines, including Kenyon Review, New England Review, Partisan Review, Prairie Schooner, and New Letters. They have also appeared in over 30 anthologies and have resulted in 17 books to date. In 2002 New Directions will bring out his Selected Poems of Eugenio de Andrade.

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