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Posted: 30 May 2009 04:46 PM PDT

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future. - Albert Einstein


Poem-A-Day: Michael Dickman, My Autopsy (Excerpt)

Academy of American Poets

May 31, 2009

Today's poem is from The End of the West, published by Copper Canyon Press. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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by April Bernard


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My Autopsy (Excerpt)
by Michael Dickman

There is a way
if we want
into everything

I'll eat the chicken carbonara and you eat the veal, the olives, the small and
     glowing loaves of bread

I'll eat the waiter, the waitress
floating through the candled dark in shiny black slacks
like water at night

The napkins, folded into paper boats, contain invisible Japanese poems

You eat the forks
all the knives, asleep and waiting
on the white tables

What do you love?

I love the way our teeth stay long after we're gone, hanging on despite worms
     or fire

I love our stomachs
turning over
the earth



 

May 30, 2009

Poem-A-Day: Ernesto Cardenal, Visions from the Blue Plane-Window

Academy of American Poets

May 30, 2009

Today's poem is from Pluriverse: New and Selected Poems, published by New Directions. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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Barter
by Sara Teasdale
Ithaka
by C. P. Cavafy
translated by Edmund Keeley

Related Prose
An ABC of Translating Poetry
by Willis Barnstone


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Vision from the Blue Plane-Window
by Ernesto Cardenal
translated by Jonathan Cohen

In the round little window, everything is blue,
land bluish, blue-green, blue
                                                                        (and sky)
                    everything is blue
blue lakes and lagoons
                                                  blue volcanoes
while farther off the land looks bluer
                    blue islands in a blue lake.
This is the face of the land liberated.
And where all the people fought, I think:
                                                                                          for love!
To live without the hatred
                                                                  of exploitation.
To love one another in a beautiful land
so beautiful, not only in itself
                                                       but because of the people in it,
above all because of the people in it.
That's why God gave us this beautiful land
for the society in it.
And in all those blue places they fought, suffered
                                                  for a society of love
                                                                      here in this land.

One patch of blue looks more intense...
And I thought I was seeing the sites of all the battles there,
and of all the deaths,
behind that small, round windowpane
                                                                                               blue
                                                                             all the shades of blue.



 

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