One day, around 5

Iván Palacios Ocaña
Translated from the Spanish by Noah Mazer

When I had finished the broththe owner of the food stall came up to me.I looked like a hungry man to her,but I’m really just a sad and skinny one:“If you want, you can order the main course,young man. Don’t worry about the money.” I thanked her, embarrassed.I didn’t want to be rude,but the melancholy mammal I am eats just enough to not faint.Outside,the windknocked over a little metal sign.The noise turned our heads and we saw that it was rainingon the opposite corner,but not on ours.The daughter of one of the cookswent running to make surewe weren’t dreaming. I followed her.So did the owner, the cooks,and the customers who were still around.We stood there for two or three minutes, drywatching the rain.

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Iván Palacios Ocaña was born in Oaxaca, Mexico in 1992 and studied Literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is the author of Cosas inútiles y otros poemas (Cultura UNAM), which won the Premio de Poesía Joven, and Nostalgia de Tacubaby (Editorial Matrerita). He reads astrological charts on request and teaches mini workshops on wabi-sabi and poetry.

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Noah Mazer (New York, 1997) is a poet-translator. His first book-length translation, Belén Roca’s Infrarealist Magic, is forthcoming from woe eroa. He keeps a translation blog at

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