The Golden Line of the Horizon

By Sofía Rhei

Translated into English by Lawrence Schimel

She wanted to reach the golden line of the horizon

to make a bow from it. She charged all her suitors

to bring it back for her, but out of all of them, only one

returned. He brought her the horizon, but he warned the princess

that if she used it to adorn herself with, she would become

as unreachable and lonely as the horizon itself. But she,

accustomed to being surrounded by servants and suitors,

had never felt alone, and thought loneliness wouldn't be much of anything.

Thus she looked at him, mockingly, and put it on. Then she indicated

that he should approach, in order to give her appreciation for the gift

with a kiss, but he could no longer see her.


Sofía Rhei (Madrid, 1978) has published five books of poetry, including Alicia volatile (El Cangrejo Pistolero) Las flores del alcohol (La bella varsovia), Versiones (Ediciones del primor), Química (El Gaviero), and Las ciudades reversibles (Colegio de Arquitectos de Ciudad Real). Her most recent fiction titles are the YA fantasy novel Flores de sombre (Alfaguara) and its sequel Savia negra (e-book original) and the Krippys series (Mondadori), written under the byline Cornelius Krippa. English translations of her poems have also appeared in Space & Time, Mythic Delirium, STAR*LINE, Pank, and other magazines, and in the anthology The Moment of Change edited by Rose Lemberg (Aqueduct). Her website is www.sofiarhei.com

Lawrence Schimel writes in both Spanish and English and has published over 100 books, including poetry book Desayuno en la Cama (Egales), poetry chapbook Fairy Tales for Writers and the forthcoming poetry anthology Flamboyant: A Celebration of Jewish Gay Poetry (both A Midsummer Night's Press). He won the Rhysling Award for his poem "How to Make a Human" and has also won the Lambda Literary Award (for PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions about Gender and Sexuality [Cleis] and for First Person Queer [Arsenal Pulp]) and the Spectrum Award (for The Future if Queer [Arsenal Pulp]), among other prizes. He lives in Madrid, Spain, where he works as a Spanish to English translator.

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