we are seen by the world / what must be seen
‘oh dirty feet blood-clotter / oh grease monkey clod-hopper / oh cloud-devourer spit’
‘you alone sit down at that table / facing the houses you tried to inhabit’
Translated from the Galician by Erín Moure.
‘I wanted to go for a walk, but I was afraid / of missing a phone call.’
‘that huge cobalt industrial complex eye / how can anything be that big’
‘his balance / between person and / abstraction’s so stirring I want no other token for anything can happen’
‘he cut out small talk / not hearing it, convincingly deaf to its nothing’
‘you can call my price by any name and she will come just the same’
‘One of the loveliest possibilities / is that the truth is made of glass’
‘I wore off my tongue / like candy’ Translated from the Catalan by Oscar Holloway.
‘In my crumbling country every day, / people spend their lives standing in lines / to buy designer sneakers.’
‘Imagine all the prodigal / People, hoping only to / Escape every human mistake.’