Selected Poems of
Maria Teresa Horta

Translated by:

M.B. McLatchey and Edite Cunhã

Published in Ezra, Spring 2019

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LITTLE BY LITTLE

LITTLE BY LITTLE

I begin by writing
at first
one word only

immaterial and deadly
right away another
then another, then another

little by little a poem

drinking up ravenously
and madly
the very poison

to the flower of my mouth

A POUCO E POUCO

Começo por escrever
primeiro
uma palavra apenas

mínima e fatal
logo depois outra
após outra, após outra

a pouco e pouco poema

indo beber voraz
e louca
o próprio veneno

à flor da minha boca

Copyright © 2019 M. B. McLatchey & 

Edite Cunha, with permission. All rights reserved. 

Published in Ezra, Spring 2019.

Copyright © 2017 Maria Teresa Horta, 

from her collection Poesis

Dom Quixote Publisher, Lisbon.