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Published: Wed Oct 15 1975
Salman Toor, Fag Puddle with Candle, Shoe, and Flag (detail), 2022. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, N.Y. Photo: Farzad Owrang.
AGNI 4 Arts Politics Loss
Eaton, and Other Industries

The French poets: Bonnefoy, Dupin, and du Bouchet,
do you expect us to eat these billboards,
or comb our eyebrows with these metals
that drop from their hands?

Jorge Carrera Andrade astride a horse
of wind! Your nose
sniffs at the corners of these buildings.
In your right hand
you hold an angel of lead;
in your left
the body of Rafael Alberti.

How sorrowful the people of our country,
They stand inside mouths along the rainy streets.
The downtowns flowing with hair;
a woman walks with a bleach bottle
tied around her waist.

When I step outside the house, all I can say
is “the holy solitude is lost.” My feet
merge with gravel as I watch the blue evening
bend its neck and sink below the earth.
I stand in a vacant field
and lift up my arms. Its sands begin to move
beneath my feet . . .

This is where I will die,
here in this vacant field
beneath a starched handkerchief.

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Mandelstam Street and Other Apocryphal Territories
by Jaime Luis Huenún Villa
Translated from the Spanish by Cynthia Steele
AGNI 94 Journeys Politics Loss
American Discourse
AGNI 97 Politics Race Gender
You traveled to the end of the world
by Daniela Danz
Translated from the German by Monika Cassel
AGNI 96 Home Nature Loss

Alan Britt is a poet whose recent books include Vegetable Love (March Street Press, 2009) and Vermillion (Bitter Oleander Press, 2006). (updated 6/2010)


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