Translating ‘Película’ by Pedro Serrano

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Spanish Original

Película
En la pantalla álgida se quemaron el rollo y la película,
se extendió en el lino la mancha loca,
el olor chamuscado e insultante de plástico torcido,
papel abierto al caldo de los ácidos,
la frialdad del foco develado,
a la impotencia inútil de los ojos.
Extendida, la alucinada mancha va quemando sábanas y juicios.
“Los venadearon”, dicen.
La cinta desprendida sigue dando vueltas y vueltas,
clic, clac,
automáticamente indiferente,
clic,
clac.

 

Literal Translation by Don Cellini

Film
On the decisive screen, the reel and the film burned,
the crazy stain extended itself on the linen,
the scorched and insulting odor of twisted plastic,
paper open to the juice of the acids,
the coldness of the bulb uncovered,
to the useless impotence of the eyes.
Extended, the hallucinating stain goes on burning sheets and judgments.
“They executed it,” they say.
The detached belt keeps turning and turning,
click, clack,
automatically indifferent,
click,
clack.

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