Translation into Spanish of ‘My son The man’ by Sharon Olds (USA)

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“Mi hijo, ese hombre” Autora: Sharon Olds (Estados Unidos, San Francisco, 1942). Traducción: Gaby Sambuccetti

De repente sus hombros se volvieron mucho más anchos
a la manera en la que Houdini estiraba su cuerpo
mientras otros le ponían cadenas.
Y parece como si
no hubiera pasado el tiempo desde que lo llevaba a su cuna,
tomando sus pantorrillas hacia su interior dorado,
tomándolo, levantándolo,
pesándolo.
Pero ahora apenas puedo imaginarme
que pronto ya no será más un niño,
y aunque sé que tengo que prepararme,
es decir, superar mi miedo a los hombres porque  mi hijo se va a convertir en uno de ellos,
esto no era lo que me imaginaba cuando salió de mí con la presión de un cuerpo sellado que rompe hasta el hielo del Hudson,
parte el candado, deserpentea su encadenamiento,
y aparece en mis brazos.
Y ahora me está mirando
como Houdini miraba a su caja,
para aprender la clave de su fuga,
mientras me sonríe,
y deja que le ponga las esposas.


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Gaby Sambuccetti (Argentina) is an Argentine-born, UK-based writer. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Brunel University (London), she is a Latin American & Spanish Literature Teacher (Argentina) and she holds a MA in Modern Languages, Literature and Culture from King’s College (London) at which she has been awarded with the Von Schlippenbach PGT bursary and with the Cosmo Davenport-Hines poetry prize for 2022. Currently, she is undertaking a PGCE in Modern Languages at the University of Oxford (Oxford). She is the founder and director of La Ninfa Eco, an international organisation with a team of writers from Europe, the UK, the US and Latin America. She was the former co-director of events at the Oxford Writers’ House (Oxford, UK) a hub that used to bring Oxford Universities and local communities into dialogue through creative writing projects. Both in 2019 and 2022, she has been invited to the House of Lords (UK) to be part of a discussion about writing and freedom of the press, and about voices from Latin America. Both in 2022 and 2023, respectively, she has been invited to two international academic conferences held by the UNSAM (San Martin University/Argentina) to talk about La Ninfa Eco and to share her poems as an author. In 2023, she was also invited to the Embassy of Chile in the UK to share her work as a poet and director at La Ninfa Eco. She is the author of 2 books in Spanish published in Argentina, Glasses Love to be Broken (Argentina, Baobab, 2010), To the Knot for What it Took Away (Argentina, De los Cuatro Vientos, 2012). Also, she published a book in the UK called The Good, the Bad & the Poet (El Ojo de la Cultura, London, 2020). She has been part of different anthologies: Latin American Poets in the UK (Equidistancias, 2023), La Ninfa Eco Writers from Across the World (La Ninfa Eco, 2023), Torre Latinoamericana (México, 2021), Wizards, Werewolves and Weird Engines (London, Brunel University, 2018), Other Voices Poems 40 Years of The Cure (London), Liberoamericanas: 140 poetas contemporáneas (Spain, Liberoamerica, 2018), Poesía Deliberada (Argentina, Textos Intrusos, 2013), Letters on Paper, Bilingual Anthology (Argentina, De los Cuatro Vientos, 2013), among others. Her books, reviews and collaborations appear in different magazines, anthologies and literary projects from Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Germany, Bolivia, the US, Mexico, Chile, Spain, Bangladesh, India & the UK. She is the founder and director of La Ninfa Eco, an international organisation with a team of writers from Europe, the UK, the US and Latin America. She was the former co-director of events at the Oxford Writers’ House (Oxford, UK) a hub that used to bring Oxford Universities and local communities into dialogue through creative writing projects. In 2019, She has been invited to the House of Lords (UK) to be part of a discussion about writing and freedom of the press. She is the author of 2 books in Spanish published in Argentina, Glasses Love to be Broken (Argentina, Baobab, 2010), To the Knot for What it Took Away (Argentina, De los Cuatro Vientos, 2012). Also, she published a book in the UK called The Good, the Bad & the Poet (El Ojo de la Cultura, London, 2020). She has been part of different anthologies: Torre Latinoamericana (México, 2021), Wizards, Werewolves and Weird Engines (London, Brunel University, 2018), Other Voices Poems 40 Years of The Cure (London), Liberoamericanas: 140 poetas contemporáneas (Spain, Liberoamerica, 2018), Poesía Deliberada (Argentina, Textos Intrusos, 2013), Letters on Paper, Bilingual Anthology (Argentina, De los Cuatro Vientos, 2013), among others. She has collaborated on different literary projects and magazines such as La Mascarada (Mexico), El Humo (Mexico), Liberoamerica (Spain), Editorial Aquitania (Cuba/Mexico). Her books, reviews, collaborations appear in different magazines, anthologies and literary projects from Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Germany, Bolivia, the US, Mexico, Chile, Spain, Bangladesh, India & the UK.