Translator’s Note

Eloisa Amezcua

It was the poet/translator Dave Oliphant who introduced me to Mario Meléndez. I was immediately drawn in for selfish reasons — Mario’s poetry is the complete opposite of my own. His imagination is vast and his voice feels both omniscient and familiar. Translating his poems has been such a wonderful gift. To translate is to learn how a brilliant mind builds and creates through building and re-creating in another language.

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