You Take My Hand



Born in Ottawa, Canada, as a poet and novelist Margaret Eleanor Atwood has already won her wide recognition as Canada's foremost woman of letters, and she has been one of the most troubling and most visionary authors of our time. Hers is a voice to which we must attend as we approach the end of an anguished century. Atwood pointed out that she had begun dealing with themes such as growing up female in the 1950s and gender-role changes before they were popularized by the women's liberation movement. You can read and listen here one of her poems recorded by Frank Healey. 

Margaret Atwood
(born 1939)


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You Take My Hand

You take my hand and
suddenly I'm in a bad movie,
it goes on and on and
why am I fascinated

We waltz in slow motion
through the air stale with aphorisms
we meet behind
endless potted palms
you climb through the wrong windows

Other people are leaving
but I always stay until the end
I paid my money,
I want to see what happens.

In chance bathtubs I have to
peel you off me
in the form of smoke and melted

Have to face it I'm
finally an addict,
the smell of popcorn and worn plush
lingers for weeks.

Margaret Atwood

Me Tomas de la Mano

Me tomas de la mano y
de pronto me encuentro en una mala película,
sigue y sigue y
por qué me siento fascinada

Bailamos en cámara lenta
a través del aire viciado de aforismos
nos encontramos detrás de
infinitas palmeras enmacetadas
tú atraviesas las ventanas equivocadas

Otras personas se están retirando
pero siempre me quedo hasta el final
me costó dinero
quiero ver qué sucede.

En bañeras accidentales tengo que
quitarte de mi piel
en forma de humo y derretido

Tengo que asumirlo soy
finalmente una adicta,
el olor del pochoclo en la tela de algodón
persiste durante semanas.

Margaret Atwood


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