Archivi del mese: ottobre 2012

Poem-A-Day: Au Hasard Balthazar by Stacy Szymaszek

– non ho capito  bene la poesia – ma il film di Bresson mi pare uno dei capolavori della cinematografia moderna –

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1974 I start
a memo on
dreadful vision

of Christian mildness
amidst Christian perps

bringing an evil
to hymns

evaporates
water stations

I can wait
a Polish actress

wide-set 50 mm
eyes restrictive
yet yield surprise

my lap
made of muscle

knee caps
shoots    of errant hair

in that moment I understand
French
my hand

took place

opus of
safe infant
heads

listen bud

no static guard
on my acolyte robe
as we learned last Sunday
flammable

another class of girl
wants to be destroyed

donned “beef
cake” by summer
crown of blue
ribbon

now on a mantle
house in a field

my animal
lives with sheep

feel bad that I beat you

problem with
only offering
two options

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Poem-A-Day: Dante Micheaux, Garcia Lorca Meets Crane

– non mi permetto di enunziare giudizi a proposito di questa poesia – solo vorrei comunicare una certa tristezza (che ovviamente può benissimo non essere condivisa): tristezza nel vedere il desiderio (che a me sembra abbia sempre in sé qualcosa di sacro, qualunque sia il suo oggetto e il modo della sua realizzazione, e sia esso spirituale o materialistico,  religioso o ateistico) ridotto a frivolezza –

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García Lorca Meets Crane

by Dante Micheaux

Had the metropolitan afternoon not bored him,
the lack of sea air and pure sun not made him long for Andalusía,
or Ángel Flores—intellectual of the rich port—not had a remedy,
the poet in New York might never have crossed the East River
to engage in a conversation that, had language not been a barrier,
went like this:

Señor Crane, el placer es mio. Usted ve que los maricas
de Granada nunca podrían hacer impunemente de recibir tantos marineros
en un hogar a un tiempo
. Pleasure—your poems proceed you. Excuse
the mess, one never knows what might wash ashore. Angel, why
didn’t you ring to announce your coming?

To which Flores replied, “Since when has any man ever announced
his coming in this apartment, dear heart?”

Angel, you’re a scoundrel! Ángel, él es un sinvergüenzo maravilloso.
Mire a estos muchachos, bajo permiso y ¡todavía! incapaz de escapar uno
al otro ¡Borrachos y formando escándalos!
What did he say?

To which Flores replied, “He said that you have a charming gathering here.”

Yes—the borough’s less fashionable gentleman’s club. Señor Crane…Angel,
tell him the formality is not necessary.

To which Flores replied, “No tan formal, Federico. Por favor.”

arrrt—disculpame, la pronunciación es difícil—Ángel y yo caminamos
sobre un magnifico puente. Dime, en serio, ¿colga allí?

From which Flores translates, “He wants to know about the bridge.”

Isn’t it magnificent? Can you believe it just hangs there, no support?
I’m composing a rather lengthy piece about it.

From which Flores translates, “Sí. Está componiendo un pedazo
sobre el puente.”

And what have you been working on since your arrival?

From which Flores translates, “¿Qué estás escribiendo?”

Tanto como uno puede, sobre la vida en una residencia.

[exact translation]

Well, hopefully we can inspire you. Would you all like some whiskey?

[exact translation]

Absolutamente. Y una pareja de estos marineros.

From which which Flores translates, “Yes he would. But none for me, thank you.”

Good company and some old-fashion hooch should take your mind
off the anonymity of New York.

[exact translation]

(laughter)

Cheers! Salud! (pause) Federico would you like to stay the afternoon?

[exact translation]

¡Claro! Ángel, sobra tiempo?

To which Flores replies, “Tu puedes pero yo…¡no!”

Hart, dear…Federico is going to stay. I have an article to finish.
Te dejo a su vicio particular.

And that is how Ángel Flores left them. One poet with another,
in a Brooklyn flat, filled with cigarette smoke, sailors and their musk,
the taste of whiskey on the tongue and, perhaps, the skin.

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