Martin Harrison I am one of your reader with new arrival accent.
I am political prisoner from Chile.
We are lost in the city
even the birds consume the charity.
My heart doesn’t fly anymore.
I have got a comfort cage to spent time and obligations.
Happiness is a homeless without a park to sleep
To be able to dream it is it very expensive matter.
So much already vanished, you said
muchas cosas ya han desaparecido.
Martin Harrison I am telling you I am one of your reader
if I am not writing in my tongue it will vanished/desaparecer
the smell of my childhood I only taste in my dream.
I feel I grow up as a native tree in this city
I don’t understand your language
Your accent is an electric saw
bark and body into pieces.
My place is here on earth
And I can see the sky as a river
where my leaves jumped it as fish
and where seeds became stones
playing the melodies of silence.
Disforestation of this time across my ancient roots.
I am your reader Martin Harrison
I inhabitant of new vowels and consonants
From Pablo Neruda and Lionel Fogarty
as an ecosystem of life and death to share in this earth.
Juan Garrido–Salgado was born in Chile and was a political prisoner under the Pinochet regime. He now lives in Adelaide. He has published four books of poetry, and his poems have been published in Chile, Colombia, Spain, El Salvador, Brazil, New Zealand and Australia. He has also translated into Spanish works from John Kinsella, Mike Ladd, Judith Beveridge, Dorothy Porter and MTC Cronin, including Talking to Neruda’s Questions. He has translated five Aboriginal poets for Espejo de Tierra/Earth Mirror Poetry Anthology. He is a co-translator of this anthology. He has translated many of Lionel Fogarty’s poems into Spanish. Juan is the co-translator with Sergio Holas and Steve Brock of the Trilingual Mapuche Poetry Anthology (Interactive Press), 2015.
My connection with Martin’s poetry was always as a reader in my development to be a bilingual poet in Australia. It was a very deep process to learn, and to keep my heritage and culture alive.