Argentine Tango II

Linda Morales Caballero

Translated by: Marko Miletich


Artwork by Miguel Betancourt

With petulant audacity,

and a boastful rage to live

transposed as in a dream

piano, bandoneón and violin.

With the insulting defiance

of a puppet brought to life,

chiropteran brilliance

exuding from an oil lamp,

a tight, sensual step

extends and recoils

in an brisk move

revealing a thigh;

scent of a woman seeking

virile warmth,

defiance to death,

sex, music,

the tragic chimera of feeling.

Linda Morales Caballero
Linda Morales Caballero is a poet, fiction writer, journalist and educator from Peru. She has published several books of poetry. She holds a B.A. in Media Communications and Spanish Literature (Cum Laude) and an M.A. in Spanish Literature from Hunter College.

Marko Miletich
 Marko Miletich obtained a Ph.D. in Translation Studies from Binghamton University in 2012. He has a Master's Degree in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Translation from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and a Master's degree in Hispanic Civilization from New York University.