Bar "La Calesita" (Carousel Bar) | Bar "La Calesita"
Francisco "Paco" Urondo
translated by Julia Leverone
It's the back of a bar. It's a cavernous place where one goes to sit, drink, and watch people pass 
estranged by different things. It's like a great magic lantern.

It's a den withdrawn from the world, sheltering its creatures. There, one feels fiercely happy.

The first man just appeared; he has hardly learned to walk, is still defenseless.

He smiles, cries, and the festivities continue.

Es el fondo de un bar. Es un lugar parecido a una cueva donde uno se sienta, bebe y ve pasar a hombres enrarecidos por distintos problemas. Es una gran linterna mágica.

Es una gruta retirada del mundo que cobija a sus criaturas. Uno se siente allí ferozmente feliz.

Acaba de aparecer el primer hombre, apenas ha aprendido a caminar, aún no sabe defenderse.

El hombre sonríe y llora y sigue la fiesta.

Francisco "Paco" Urondo (1930–1976) was a prolific Argentine writer, intellectual, and revolutionary who died at the hands of the dictatorship at the beginning of the Dirty War. Urondo pushed literary conventions to give way to a conversational, frank style of writing that witnessed and accused, that demanded acknowledgment and memory, and that turned optimistically to a future beyond the reality of the socio-political turmoil his country was in. He was compromised and killed in a police chase; his assassins were finally convicted in 2011.

Julia Leverone lives in north Texas where she is teaching and writing a dissertation in comparative literature for Washington University in St. Louis. She has an MFA from the University of Maryland. Her poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as Crab Orchard Review, The Massachusetts Review, Asymptote, and Poetry International. Julia is Editor of Sakura Review.

more by Julia Leverone:
The Wallet Maker
Little Heart