Letter from the Editor Issue # 2
Sun and Moon / Sol y Lun
WELCOME to the second issue of Tameme, Sun and Moon, the title of which is inspired by the two whimsical poems by W.D. Snodgrass, The Capture of Mr. Sun and The Capture of Mr. Moon, which were themselves inspired by the paintings by DeLoss McGraw, reproduced by the artists kind permission on the front and back covers. Sun and moon appear and reappear in the wonderful writing between these covers, shining, playful, though sometimes dark, suspended in bruised skies: in short, ever changing with their masks of a thousand metaphors. If the sun, writes W.D. Snodgrass, is a lion / circling his cage or a sunflower / with a broad gold face, writes Elsa Cross in her poem Narayana, it now rises/ over the waters, / yellow crown / vows/ for the kindling day. In Coral Brachos Light Spilled Over an Alabaster Pond there it is again: within a small transparent stone / the dazzled happiness of the sun and again, echoed in the talking flower of Gladys Ilarreguis The Dream, and the song-like celebration of Nela Rios To María, with Affection. The moon, on the other hand, is for W.D. Snodgrass a thin nail paring / Or sweet slice of some pale, blue melon. And as if those metaphors were not stunning enough, Alberto Blanco offers the moon like a fruit pecked at / by dawn birds... like a dove that quivers/ on the eaves edge... floating like a pearl / between crabs claws... enigmatic as a sphinx / in the zodiac of dreams.
Day and night, yin and yang: the one precedes the other, as the one contains the other. Indeed, as Juana Goergen writes in her stunning La Maga, in heaven there is a hell for the miserable or a hell to be revealed, as in Daniel Orozcos short story, Orientation in which an innocuous office tour for a new employee reveals a chamber of laugh-out-loud horrors, and in Lex Willifords devastating flash fiction of the unraveling of a romance, Pendergasts Daughter. (As for those who long for the heaven of literary Success, be sure to read Gabriel Zaids little poem about the hell contained therein.)
But if night contains the day, so surely hell contains a heaven. Luis Arturo Ramos pathetic Dr. Luna and his heartless visitor, Julian Andersons lonely suburbanite about to lose her life-long lover to cancer, Charles Simics fork from hell and evil-eyed spoon each word of these exquisitely crafted pieces glitters like a diamond in sunshine. Indeed, it would be a challenge to find darker material than Jeff Taylors (yes, vivid) memoir of working in a meat packing plant; nonetheless, his Carnal Knowledge is one of the sunniest essays Ive read in years.
The last word, of course, belongs to the translators. Their notes generous, interesting, technical, many of them extensive, some of them provocative, one a mini-interview (paulo da costas) and one (Patricia Dubravas) containing a poem itself begin on page 173, just before the contributors notes. It goes without saying that without the translators painstaking labors of love, these poems and stories and essays, wonderful as they are, would have remained like Mr. Sun and Mr. Moon, caged behind the bars in this case, of their original languages. And now, sprung free, here they are in your hands, before your eyes.
C.M. Mayo, Editor
This issue of Tameme was made possible by a generous grant from the Fund for US-Mexico Culture. Este número de Tameme fue hecho posible gracias a una beca del Fideicomiso para la Cultura México-Estados Unidos.
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