Estare aqui (I will be here) by Rene Castilla R.

BOMB 9 Spring 1984
009 Spring Summer 1984
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Hope Sandrow, Palm Sunday, Century City I L.A., 1983, silver print. Courtesy of Oggi Domani, New York

I never told you
I want you.
We simply love each other
much too much for me to
have spoken of love
so cheaply

When I go away
I won’t say goodbye
because I will come back
I will be here:

I will return in the first
raindrop of winter
in the first smile of our son

(when the last invader has fallen … )

Translated from the Spanish by Patricia Jones.

Two Poems by April Bernard
After the Massacre by Carlos Fonseca
Hernan Ronsino 01

Staging historical justice in Hernán Ronsino’s Glaxo

Álvaro Enrigue by Scott Esposito
Enrigue Bomb 01

“A writer worried about reception is cooking a dead book. A writer’s job is to produce the best possible book in absolute freedom, so the category ‘acceptable’ does not play in the process at all.”

Signor Hoffman by Eduardo Halfon

From the train I could look out onto the infinite blue of the sea. I was still exhausted, wakeful from the overnight transatlantic flight to Rome, but looking out at the sea, that Mediterranean sea that was so infinite and so blue, made me forget it all, even myself. I don’t know why.

Originally published in

BOMB 9, Spring 1984

Nicolas Echevarria, Pam Yates, art by James Nares and Tom Otterness, writing by Daisy Zamora, Kathy Acker, Glenn O’Brien, and more.

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009 Spring Summer 1984