at the airport
I bought a tango
in the shop of good-byes
—Mario Benedetti (tr. Carlos Reyes)
The great Uruguayan poet, novelist, and political activist Mario Benedetti has died. A more extensive obituary, in Spanish, can be found here. (Thanks to Ana for the latter link.) A number of Benedetti poems can be found here in Spanish and a few in translation here and here.
Let me simply second what Ana says of Benedetti on her blog: “Thank you for your existence and your gifts of light.”