Selected Poems of
Maria Teresa Horta

Translated by:

M.B. McLatchey and Edite Cunhã

Published in Springhouse, Fall 2019

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FROM THE BEGINNING

FROM THE BEGINNING

At first I wrote
in brief mutterings
and the halting service of a wing

unaccustomed
to the flight of words

Then I found my footing
in the very depths of myself
in the courage of the verses

where one reaps
raptures
from the body of the writing

Next I began
to haunt verbs
and to reinvent metaphors

the syntax of passion
the icons of time
the doubts, the dilemmas

In writing poems

AB INITIO

Primeiro escrevi
com breves murmurações
e lentos cuidados de asa

desabituada
do voo das palavras

Depois ganhei pé
na fundura de mim mesma
na ousadia dos versos

onde se colhem
os êxtases
no corpo da escrita

Em seguida comecei
a assombrar os verbos
e a reinventar metáforas

a sintaxe de fogo
os ícones do tempo
as dúvidas, os dilemas

Escrevendo poemas

Copyright © 2019  M. B. McLatchey &
Edite Cunha, with permission. All rights reserved.
Published in Springhouse, Fall 2019.

Copyright © 2017  Maria Teresa Horta,
from her collection Poesis.
Dom Quixote Publisher, Lisbon.