Translated by Anna Rosenwong
It’s something no one regrets.
Menacing rituals arrive like an avalanche
and social norms.
Their arrival scares off any afternoon idle.
Shut the doors.
We’re cast down defeated in moonlight.
I hope the moon
doesn’t draw us toward violent times.
I was never violent
and I won’t turn violent now.
As for you I love you moonless
in the sin of your own courage.
The letters of each syllable sink
in my room monsters surge back to life from a word.
in scattered cages.
I regard my thoughts.
Image: Eloisa Ballivian
Übersetzt von Timo Berger
Hier ist das Wasser anders, die Schuppenblätter
der Artischocken sind anders, alles ist
im Wesentlichen anders
aber der, der eine Flasche aus dem Kühlschrank fischt
und sie auf die Arbeitsplatte stellt, ist
Ihr, die ihr euch für die Konfrontation
entscheidet, ihr die ihr euch für
die Konfrontation entscheidet, ihr
die ihr euch für die Konfrontation entscheidet
Ihr die ihr euch für den Nachhall entscheidet, ihr
die ihr euch für den Nachhall entscheidet, ihr, die
ihr euch für den Nachhall entscheidet.
Ihr, die ihr euch für den Zweifel entscheidet, ihr
die ihr für den Zweifel entscheidet, ihr, die ihr für den Zweifel
Ihr, die ihr die für die Anomalie entscheidet, ihr
die ihr für die Anomalie entscheidet, ihr, die ihr für die Anomalie
Ihr, die ihr millimetergenau eure Handlungen
messt, ihr, die ihr millimetergenau
eure Handlungen messt, ihr
eure Handlungen messt.
Fünfzehn Monate, drei der Monate
um den Rest der Monate zu entschlüsseln
deine Monate, das … Read More »
Translated by Alexis Almeida
Here, the water is different, the artichoke
leaves are different, everything is
in essence, different,
but he who takes the bottle from the refrigerator
and puts it on the table is
basically the same
You who choose
confrontation, you who choose
who choose confrontation.
You who choose reverberation, you
who choose reverberation, you who
You who choose dubitation, you
who choose dubitation, you who choose
You who choose anomaly, you
who choose anomaly, you who choose
You who measure your actions
milimetrically, you who measure
your actions milimetrically, you
who measure you actions milimetrically.
Fifteen months, three of those months
to decode the rest of the months
your months, which is to say north of those
months there was nothing.
You who are able to materialize, you
who are able to materialize. You who are able
You who don’t understand the benefit
of having spent long hours, entire days
with binoculars watching birds and
recording their names … Read More »
About the Sea
The horizon is the concern here the
distance applying color the bright crackling
of surfaces of light and the spreading
of the light as it surges the sea
within its broad chest the putrid sludge
of the fishmeal factories the sea of romantic
fires on the gravel beaches travelers
now losing themselves forever
in a distant view the sea in the harbors, the docks
the container areas licking the sea
beneath cranes all heaving the
homesickness nightwards the sea of moray eels
lurking back behind a rock
the sea of the deep with a hidden image
for the dreams of the sea
that vanished in the sea bottomless
the trenches above it all a mosaic of flakes
streaming tough thick field of dirt the sea
that is so well concealed gasping for air within
its broad chest and snatching at
translation: Wieland Hoban
we had thaws in the brighter hours
we knew no cold only the ladders
led … Read More »
translated by Qiaomei Tang
I traveled through the South Land
A longing face blooms and fades like the lotus flower with the seasons
The east wind is yet to arrive, the willow’s March catkins are waiting to fly
your heart is like the small, lonely, walled city
like an alley of blue-green cobbles facing the setting sun
the crickets are not crying, the windows are drawn in March
The hooves of my horse clatter — it’s a beautiful mistake
I’m not coming home, I’m only passing through
READ THIS IN CHINESE
Image: Zhang Daqian, Sceneries of Jiangnan
There was an old person whose zeal
Made him bug-eyed and tense at the wheel.
He wasn’t much fun, and they said he was un-
representative of their ideal.
There was an old man from Sichuan,
Who directed the kids on his lawn.
He was rather aloof, and would sit on the roof,
And descend only when they had gone.
There was a young person named Wheeler,
Preserved in a jar of tequila.
“I’m a gnat! I’m a gnat!” was the comment of that
Hymenopterous person named Wheeler.
There was a young man from St James,
Who consigned all his work to the flames.
When asked why he did it, he sadly admitted
It’s one of his dumb little games.
There was an old man from Seattle:
Four fifths of his life was a battle.
He argued and … Read More »
The Problem with Travel
Every time I’m in an airport,
I think I should drastically
change my life: Kill the kid stuff,
start to act my numbers, set fire
to the clutter and creep below
the radar like an escaped canine
sneaking along the fence line.
I’d be cable-knitted to the hilt,
beautiful beyond buying, believe
in the maker and fix my problems
with prayer and property.
Then, I think of you, home
with the dog, the field full
of purple pop-ups—we’re small
and flawed, but I want to be
who I am, going where
I’m going, all over again.
* * *
Accident Report in the Tall, Tall Weeds
My ex got hit by a bus.
He wrote me in a text to tell me this.
____Now will you talk to me? I got hit by a bus.
He even sent me a link to the blurry footage on the news.
I never wanted to see him come … Read More »
BERGMAN’S SUMMER WITH MONIKA
At work, she’s a game
guys play between loading boxes,
her home, cramped, noisy.
She and her lover sail
under a high arch
into an archipelago,
a match blown out.
Food gone, she returns
to the mainland
with child. To the dark.
she looks for men.
Sun, jailed in snow–
others raise her daughter.
MOONFLOWER ON THE PORCH
I dream I’m with another man.
Who I meet in the Boscov’s
on a bubblegum-colored couch.
I say I already have a guy. He says
so what? Startled, I wake up,
you still sleeping. Life
gets normal again. Cats. Coffee.
The Dave Clark Five a needle drop away.
A late summer moonflower’s
ghost on the porch.
PESSOA MEETS WHITMAN ON HEAVEN’S PATIO
Good evening, friend. How long
have you been here? Over 100 years?
I understand you. And
misunderstand as much.
Didn’t we sleep together once,
share a dream, ecstatic,
scary? I wanted it to return,
but you were revising in New Jersey.
Have you seen God yet?
I … Read More »
Image: “Hoy viernes 122″ by Sergio Jiménez. Curated by Marisa Espínola for Espacio en Blanco. (More)
YOU HAD GLITTER ON YOUR FINGERS
I can hug the old refrigerator before they take it away.
I can write that you had glitter on your fingers and that burning glitter smells like a fairy tale.
I can bite the cat’s tail.
I can bite my husband’s beard, because it is mine, because it is mine and tastes like fruit.
I can cry and say that I’m crying, and not feel embarrassed by my pink cheeks.
I can be sappy.
I can dance naked with the windows open.
I can paint each nail a different color.
I can clean the house only once a week.
I can refuse to read the news.
I can refuse to hear the planes.
I can refuse to feed the mosquitoes with my thick, viscous blood.
I can invent a lullaby for deaf children, the only thing missing is a voice, the only thing missing is a long … Read More »