Ana Martins Marques (b. 1977, Belo Horizonte) is an award-winning Brazilian author of several poetry collections, including A vida submarina, Da arte das armadilhas, O livro das semelhanças, and Risque esta palavra. Her poems have been translated into English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. This House, published by Scrambler Books in 2017 and translated by Elisa Wouk Almino, is a selection of poems from Ana’s first three books originally published in Brazil.
Photo by Lucas Calloch / UnsplashJapanese Garden
I curve like a wooden bridge
over a lake lit up by red carps
I am hard and dry and barely adorned
like a sand garden
(though there are stones that blos…