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Octavio Paz

By these fallen syllables
seeds of a charred pomegranate
I swear to be earth and wind
over your bones

—  Octavio Paz, from “Wind From All Compass Points,” The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz, 1957-1987. Edited by Eliot Weinberger, Translated byElizabeth Bishop (New Directions April 17, 1991) Originally published 1987.


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