June 2011

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Y después de hacer todo lo que hacen, se levantan, se bañan, se entalcan, se perfuman, se peinan, se visten, y así progresivamente van volviendo a ser lo que no son.
-Julio Cortázar
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Muertas las ideologías, el mundo quedó en manos de gente práctica que anula cerebros bajo montañas de nada.
-Jorge Valdano
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I sit watching the brown oceanic waves of dry country rising into the foothills and I weep monotonously, seasickly. Life is not like the dim ironic stories I like to read, it is like a daytime serial on television. The banality will make you weep as much as anything else.
-Alice Munro
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No hablaríamos tanto en sociedad si nos diéramos cuenta del poco caso que hacemos de los otros cuando hablan.
-Noel Clarasó
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Observa tus pensamientos, se convertirán en tus palabras. Observa tus palabras, se convertirán en tus acciones. Observa tus acciones, se convertirán en tus hábitos. Observa tus hábitos, se convertirán en tu carácter. Observa tu carácter. se convertirá en tu destino.
-Gandhi
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No somos perfectos, pero somos capaces de concebir lo que es la perfección. La acción es preferible a la inacción y el compromiso con la vida es preferible a la indiferencia apática.
-Delia Steinberg Guzmán
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Todos los pesimismos son vanos. Tanto los que se fundan en la razón que los que parten de la experiencia
-José Enrique Rodó
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The Fish
I caught a tremendous fish
and held him beside the boat
half out of water, with my hook
fast in a corner of his mouth.
He didn't fight.
He hadn't fought at all.
He hung a grunting weight,
battered and venerable
and homely. Here and there
his brown skin hung in strips
like ancient wallpaper,
and its pattern of darker brown
was like wallpaper:
shapes like full-blown roses
stained and lost through age.
He was speckled and barnacles,
fine rosettes of lime,
and infested
with tiny white sea-lice,
and underneath two or three
rags of green weed hung down.
While his gills were breathing in
the terrible oxygen
--the frightening gills,
fresh and crisp with blood,
that can cut so badly--
I thought of the coarse white flesh
packed in like feathers,
the big bones and the little bones,
the dramatic reds and blacks
of his shiny entrails,
and the pink swim-bladder
like a big peony.
I looked into his eyes
which were far larger than mine
but shallower, and yellowed,
the irises backed and packed
with tarnished tinfoil
seen through the lenses
of old scratched isinglass.
They shifted a little, but not
to return my stare.
--It was more like the tipping
of an object toward the light.
I admired his sullen face,
the mechanism of his jaw,
and then I saw
that from his lower lip
--if you could call it a lip
grim, wet, and weaponlike,
hung five old pieces of fish-line,
or four and a wire leader
with the swivel still attached,
with all their five big hooks
grown firmly in his mouth.
A green line, frayed at the end
where he broke it, two heavier lines,
and a fine black thread
still crimped from the strain and snap
when it broke and he got away.
Like medals with their ribbons
frayed and wavering,
a five-haired beard of wisdom
trailing from his aching jaw.
I stared and stared
and victory filled up
the little rented boat,
from the pool of bilge
where oil had spread a rainbow
around the rusted engine
to the bailer rusted orange,
the sun-cracked thwarts,
the oarlocks on their strings,
the gunnels--until everything
was rainbow, rainbow, rainbow!
And I let the fish go.
-Elizabeth Bishop

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Una carta de amor
Todo lo que de vos quisiera
es tan poco en el fondo
porque en el fondo es todo,

como un perro que pasa, una colina,
esas cosas de nada, cotidianas,
espiga y cabellera y dos terrones,
el olor de tu cuerpo,
lo que decís de cualquier cosa,
conmigo o contra mía,

todo eso es tan poco,
yo lo quiero de vos porque te quiero.

Que mires más allá de mí,
que me ames con violenta prescindencia
del mañana, que el grito
de tu entrega se estrelle
en la cara de un jefe de oficina,

y que el placer que juntos inventamos
sea otro signo de la libertad.
-Julio Cortázar

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Un plástico transparente
Abrí la puerta y te estabas bañando.
Los vidrios empañados, el ruido del agua
detrás de las cortinas,
las cosas esenciales instaladas
fuera de la razón.
Me llamaste, acercaste la cara
y nos besamos a través del plástico
transparente: fue un instante.
Las parejas y las revistas literarias
duran casi siempre dos números.
Sin embargo, de a poco,
le fuimos ganando terreno al río:
días interminables en los que el caos
tomaba tu forma para envolverme mejor.
-Fabián Casas

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Last edited: 27 February 2012 13:16:50