Jorge Eielson #04 – Mutatis Mutandis 1-3

In 1954, Jorge Eduardo Eielson published Mutatis Mutandis (Rome), a short collection of 10 poems which commenced a formative & formidable time period in the poet’s life. The title is drawn from the Latin & can be interpreted as “this change, provided all other variables remain constant.”

These three translations are early drafts from a manuscript that covers the span of Eielson’s major literary production, consisting of Mutatis Mutandis, noche oscula del cuerpo, De Materia Verbalis, Naturaleza muerta and Acto Final.

Eielson is a poet I cannot read enough of. His is a poetry of loose words & sounds, with a sense of humor, with dread & struggle.


there will be the purest of machines
a perfect copy of itself
& it will have a thousand green eyes
& a thousand purple lips
& it won’t be of use at all
but it will have your name
oh eternity


endless digit endless dig-
it endless digit that never
splendorous quantity
splintering zero
you tell me why
you tell me where when how
which is the blind thread
that burns between my fingers
& why the closed skies
& my closed eyes
& the sand in its entirity
under my shoe
& why in the sunlight only
in the sunlight I wake up
in the sunlight I knock off


oh laberynth
goossestepping diamonds
eectricity that sings
in its high divine cyllinders
how far now my heart
my intestines & my voice        everything
mysteriously ready in cupolas
selfsame like the seasons
or the cape of the hours
everything in search
of wonders that don’t arrive
of evaporated worlds
of faraway & high velocities
that don’t forgive

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