The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Fiction from Mexico City

Mario Bojórquez: 1 Poem Published in Translation

Poem by Mario Bojórquez (Mexico)

Translation by Don Cellini (USA)

Published in issue 40 of The Ofi Press

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

En Fifth Avenue nadie mira al vecino

todos tienen en su abrigo negro un botón

es el botón del excuse me

Avanzan en la acera repleta

de Godiva Chocolatiers hasta Saint Patrick

pronunciando entre dientes excuse me excuse me

(Yo también he aprendido a decirlo

pero aún no logro pronunciarlo con indiferencia

me falta indiferencia)

Cada vez que me topo con alguien

digo excuse me

pero busco la cara, trato de reconocer 

el rostro, el cuerpo, con el que he tropezado

me falta indiferencia

Por eso hoy, justo a la salida de

Barnes & Noble

he podido observar su bronceada figura

el tacto solid brass de su piel tan pulida

Excuse me, madame, he dicho

los rayos de su corona han brillado para mí.

Statue of Liberty


On Fifth Avenue no one looks at anyone

everyone has a button on their black overcoat

it’s the excuse me button

They advance along the sidewalk all the way

from Godiva Chocolatiers up to Saint Patrick’s

saying excuse me between their teeth

excuse me

(I have also learned to say it

but I still can’t pronounce it with


I need indifference)

Every time I bump into someone

I say excuse me

but I look at their face, I try to recognize

the features, the body of whoever I’ve run into

I need indifference

But finally today, right at the exit of

Barnes & Noble

I observed her bronzed figure

the solid brass touch of her polished skin

Excuse me, ma’am, I said

and the  rays of her crown shown upon me.

About the Poet

Mexican poet, translator and essayist Mario Bojórquez was born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa on March 24, 1968.  He is the author of several books of poetry and his work has received wide recognition such as the National Poetry Prize Clemencia Isaura (1995), the National Poetry Prize Enriqueta Ochoa (1996), the Abigael Bohórquez Poetry Prize (1996) and the Bellas artes Literature Prize and the National Poetry Prize Aguascalientes (2007) and the National Literary Essay Prize José Revueltas (2010).  He has received grants for yourn creators from the National Institute for Fine Arts, from FONCA and DIFOCUR as well as the State Funds for Culture and the Arts of Sinaloa and Baja California.  Since 2007 he has been a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte.


Mario Bojórquez, poeta mexicano, nació en Los Mochis, Sinaloa el 24 de marzo de 1968. Es autor de libros de poesía y su obra ha obtenido diversos reconocimientos, como el Premio Nacional de Poesía Clemencia Isaura (1995), el Premio Nacional de Poesía Enriqueta Ochoa (1996), el Premio de Poesía Abigael Bohórquez (1996) y los Premios Bellas Artes de Literatura Premio Nacional de Poesía Aguascalientes (2007) y el Premio Nacional de Ensayo Literario José Revueltas (2010). Ha recibido las becas para jóvenes creadores del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, del FONCA y de creador con trayectoria de DIFOCUR, y los Fondos Estatales para la Cultura y las Artes de Sinaloa y Baja California. Actualmente pertenece al Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte.