Monday, March 8, 2010

Steve Porter


It’s always good to find a kindred soul, and one such exists in Coruña. Steve Porter hails from Forres, which must be an incredible town since it’s located on the Moray Firth, the largest ría in Scotland, with Inverness at its base. Not satisfied with that, though, Steve moved to Edinburgh, where he studied Spanish at the university, and on to Galicia, Andalusia, Valencia and Catalonia, an experience he recorded like Laurie Lee in a book, The Iberian Horseshoe - A Journey.

Since then, Steve has published a collection of poetry, Shellfish and Umbrellas, and completed a novel, Countries of the World, excerpts from which are available on his blog, Steve Porter’s World of Books. He has another blog, Galidonia.

This man of the coast translates from Galician, Catalan, Portuguese and Spanish into English and Scots, including work by the Galician poet Eduardo Estévez, of which the following poem is an example:

subprime lending

she had some money
saved

and kept it
in an old boxwood
chest
in a secret corner
of her
room

each month
she’d been putting away
a bit of the
meagre social security

the children left
for the city

and only dropped by
the airless dark damp
house on
public holidays
that was about it

life was sorted

they didn’t want
for anything to eat
(the grandchildren even less so)
but they always moaned
about a lot of work
and worries

one day she had
a heart scare

an ambulance came
and she had to spend
several days
in the hospital
there in the capital

it was april
yet it was snowing
behind the blinds
of the room

on returning home
she checked
straightaway
that the money-box
was still intact in its
hiding place

on sunday
coming out of mass
she waited for
the priest
in the vestibule
and bought from him
without credit
nor mortgage
a tomb near
her husband

on the way
back home
her feet carried her
lightly

with a gentle
heart

1 comment:

  1. ...traigo
    sangre
    de
    la
    tarde
    herida
    en
    la
    mano
    y
    una
    vela
    de
    mi
    corazón
    para
    invitarte
    y
    darte
    este
    alma
    que
    viene
    para
    compartir
    contigo
    tu
    bello
    blog
    con
    un
    ramillete
    de
    oro
    y
    claveles
    dentro...


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