Selected Poems of
Maria Teresa Horta

Translated by:

M.B. McLatchey and Edite Cunhã

Forthcoming in Inventory, 2020

13

GREED

GREED

I submit to my greed
along the trail of voices
and the footprints of books

that disrupt my peace

I learn each word
down to the stem of the rhyme

taking pleasure from the hem
of my writing skirt
in the vertigo of poetry

adjusting the verse to the danger

Epic
and homeless

AVIDEZ

Eu sigo a minha avidez
pelo caminho das vozes
e as pegadas dos livros

a tirarem o sossego

Cada palavra aprendida
até à haste da rima

tomando o gosto à bainha
da saia da minha escrita
na vertigem da poesia

ajustando o verso ao perigo

Epopeia
e desabrigo

Copyright © 2019  M. B. McLatchey &
Edite Cunha, with permission. All rights reserved.
Forthcoming in Inventory, Princeton University, 2020.

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