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Kirk Nesset

Kirk Nesset

Kirk Nesset is author of Paradise Road and Mr. Agreeable (fiction), as well as Saint X (poetry), Alphabet of the World (translations), and The Stories of Raymond Carver (nonfiction). His stories, poems, translations and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere. He teaches at Allegheny College, and is writer in residence at Black Forest Writing Seminars (Freiburg, Germany).

Couple

EDMUNDO PAZ SOLDÁN

Una Pareja


El día en que cumplían 32 años de casados, él dijo:

—Voy a comprar una televisión.

—Para qué, dijo ella.

—Para que los silencios no se noten tanto.

Y a ella le parció una excelente razó.

 



English Translation:


The day of their thirty-second anniversary he said:

—I'm going to buy a TV.

—What for?

—To make these silences less noticeable.

This seemed to her an excellent reason.

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