David Villagrán Ruz (Santiago, 1984) published Solsticios [Solstices](Marea Baja, 2009) after receiving a grant from the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura. His books include Declinación de un astro [Declination of a star] (La Calle Passy ediciones, 2011) and Habitar[Dwell] (TEGE, 2016), a plaquette that includes an excerpt from an unpublished book of the same name. He is one of the editors of the publisher Cal y Canto and the poetry micro-publisher Cástor y Pólux.
The music of the reader
No convention prevails
over the mystery of existence.
There’s an inhuman silence
in the written word.
of an uninhabited body.
Only music breaks through the masks
A living gaze recomposes itself
A melody that dissolves into light,
very clear tones
and a longing to die.
The tone alters
in just one
— translated by Jessica Sequeira