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Between Skin and Glove

Written by August Bover

Translated from the Catalan by Kristine Doll

Narrated by Kristine Doll



With your gloved hands

and your masked face,

you confront the threat

dressed as if attending a formal ball.

You have learned to overcome

the barrier of obstacles

the disease has raised.

You throw yourself into combat

yet still transmit tenderness

even through the gloves.

AUGUST BOVER is Professor Emeritus of Catalan Philology at the University of Barcelona and a member of the Institute of Catalan Studies (IEC), the Academy of Catalan Language. As a poet, and frequently in collaboration with other artists – photographers, musicians, painters – he has published the following books of poetry:  En pèlag d’amor (1999), L’hivern sota el Cadí (2001), Mojave (2006), Terres de llicorella. Imatges del Priorat (2008), Cloc! (2011), Beabà (2014), Blau marí (2018), Tornaveu (2019), El contagi (2021), and has been translated into English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Occitan, and Spanish. With soprano-cellist Eulàlia Ara, Bover has created Taller de Vora Mar, that produces poetic musicals based on his poems:  Cloc! i altres sons –with music by Manuel Garcia Morante- and Beabà, in production. In prose, he has published the diary Dotze llunes a Saskatchewan. Impressions des de la Gran Praderia canadenca (2013), and the collection of anecdotes Tutti frutti (2021).
Kristine Doll is a poet and translator whose work has been published internationally. “My Friends” from her first collection Speak to Me Again was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry. Doll’s translations include poetry and memoir in Catalan, English and Spanish.  She is professor of World Languages and Cultures at Salem State University, Salem, MA, USA.


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