Featured poet: Diego Alegría

Diego Alegría Corona (Santiago, 1994) studied English Language and Literature at the Universidad de Chile. He won the Premio Municipal Juegos Literarios Gabriela Mistral (Chile) in 2012 and was finalist for the Premio José María Valverde (Spain) in 2014.

The following poems come from his book Raíz abierta (Pez Espiral, 2015).

as i cross
the river

your silhouette



the gate
of the cliff face
was always open

to the sea


the tree


rises up


on my flesh

rests your absent


the stones
make themselves bare

rain falls
in the desert


every mask

in the depths

of oneself


i fell

from one face

to another face

in that immensity
was silence


the trace
of foam

the sea.

— translated by Jessica Sequeira