WHILE, before the end of Aquarius. Poem and Vision by Enrique de Santiago

“Intersections of a heavenly encounter”, 60 x 40 cm. acrylic and ink on Fabriano 400 gms paper

WHILE


Before the end of Aquarius


the pale shell will come off


Of the petty masts that hold me persistently


to the acid days that I have left and that push me to leave


meanwhile the tears of a burning salamander fall


as the universe cools


while the creator’s belly accelerates


while the verb contracts


to give birth to the next big bang


that brings its reincarnated flame


in a kind of divine reset to understand us better


since in this past centuries it only brought us a great question


that spits out my insignificant and forgotten life


towards another portal that returns me


To embrace the warm name of our unfinished love.


But between the hollow that leaves the universe without answers


nest the bonds of the flesh that impede the ascent


and the moan of an abject night without constellations is heard


as the star winks its neutrinos at each turn of an earthly extinction


while we have faith in a time forward


while an unthinkable curve reverses the hours


while a simultaneous love is repeated on a balustrade


letting out the molten sweat of lovers


that are hidden in oblivion


of cosmic amnesia


that corrects everything


like the late moment


or the early instant


but always opportune for a kiss


like marbled death


neither before nor after


if not with the precision dictated by the oracles


with his charming concert of algorithms without obituaries


like when the same lovers loved each other twice


in different centuries and places.

Enrique de Santiago, Born in Santiago, Chile (1961). Visual artist, poet, researcher, essayist, curator and cultural manager. He studied a Bachelor of Art at the University of Chile and at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Chile). Since 1984, he has exhibited in individual and group exhibitions, counting to his credit around more than 100 exhibitions.

He has edited five books: Fragile Transits Under the Spirals in 2012, with La Polla Literaria; Elegía a las Magas and the book essay: El Regreso de las Magas, both with Editorial Varonas. In 2018 he edited La Cúspide Uránica with editorial Xaleshem and Dharma Comunicaciones, and Travel Bitácora with Editorial Opalina Cartonera.

He has participated in various poetry anthologies, both in Chile and abroad. He has collaborated in the newspaper La Nación with articles on new media art, and in magazines such as Derrame, Escaner Cultural and Labios Menores in Chile, Brumes Blondes in Holland, Adamar from Spain, Punto Seguido from Colombia, Sonámbula from Mexico, Agulha de Brazil, Incomunidade de Portugal, Styxus de Rep. Czech, Canibaal de Valencia, Spain, Materika de Costa Rica and other printed and digital publications.

Visual Art by Enrique de Santiago

translated by Mitchell Pluto

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