FOR BEING ALIVE by Camila Charry Noriega, translated by Olivia Lott

For being alive
we’d undress
and spot
the rage in night’s density
and it was for this adherence to skin
that day after day
hands singed from so much sleepiness
ripped from thorns
the evening’s red light.
Camila Charry Noriega was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1979. She currently works as a writer, literary critic, and literature teacher. Among her books of poetry are Detrás de la bruma (2012), El día de hoy (2013), Otros ojos (2014), and El sol y la carne (2015). She has been invited to read her work at a wide-range of poetry events in Europe and the Americas and some of her poems have been translated into English, French, Romanian, and Polish.

Olivia Lott is a doctoral student in Hispanic Languages & Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis, specializing in contemporary Spanish American poetry and literary translation. She is the recipient of a 2015-16 Fulbright grant to translate new poetry from Colombia. Her translations of Colombian poetry have appeared in literary journals in and beyond the United States, including Mantis, Sakura Review, Círculo de poesía, La raíz invertida, and Otro páramo.