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Alfredo Cordal

Alfredo Cordal

Alfredo Cordal was born in Chile and is a performance poet and playwright as well as a journalist, interpreter and teacher of modern languages. In Santiago, he produced literary programmes for television. He has produced four plays in London: ‘The Last Judgement’, ‘The Investiture of El Dorado’, ‘Smoking Mirror’ and ‘A Passion in Buenos Aires’ with three further plays awaiting production. His poetry has been published in a range of publications including ‘Anthology of Latin American Poets in London’, and ‘Nomadas as Nomada’, an anthology of Spanish and Latin American Poets and Writers. He has performed his work at poetry recitals at British festivals and for human rights organisations.

Strangers in A City
Translated from Spanish by Paloma Zozaya and the author)

Close my eyes
I can see you….

I’m a stranger in this city…

Close my ears,
I can hear you…

You’re also a stranger in this city…

And even without feet
I can walk towards you,

And even without a mouth
I can conjure you up…

I have set myself free in this city…

Tie my arms up
I can reach you,

My heart is like a strong hand
This city is my home now…

Destroy my heart
and my brain will beat up.

And if you pour fire into it
I’ll carry you in my blood…

We’re not strangers in this city anymore…