Little Heart | Tu pequeño corazón
by Francisco "Paco" Urondo
translated by Julia Leverone
Your little heart rests on my arm. You're calm—from the slant, nothing 
can alarm us too much.

Only the horizon that rises to hide itself.

Apoya sobre mi brazo tu pequeño corazón. No temas, detrás de la ochava nada puede alarmarnos demasiado.

Sólo el horizonte que asoma para luego volver a esconderse

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
Bar "La Calesita" (Carousel Bar)