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Karina Borowicz
Published: Thu Jul 1 2010
Art: Andrea Chung
The Noodle Maker’s Shop

Guanzhang, China

Everything is covered
by the fine dust of flour
the walls aged by it

scoured by tiny grains
the small window
no longer transparent

a passerby can make out only
the bare bulb’s cold glow
bleaching the room
like the hollow of a salt mine

and the repetitive movements
of a blurred shadow
digging its way out

Karina Borowicz has recent work in Bellevue Literary Review, American Letters & Commentary, and The Southern Review. Her translations have appeared in Poetry Daily and her recent poems have been published in Indiana Review, Hanging Loose, Poetry Northwest, and AGNI. Her collection The Bees Are Waiting, which was selected by Franz Wright for the 2011 Marick Press Poetry Prize, won the Eric Hoffer Award for Poetry and was named a Must-Read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Her most recent collection, Proof, won the 2014 Codhill Poetry Award. She lives in western Massachusetts. (updated 7/2014)

Read Jason Tandon’s AGNI Online review of Borowicz’s debut collection The Bees Are Waiting.

AGNI has published the following translations:

99 by Malcolm de Chazal
105 by Malcolm de Chazal
156 by Malcolm de Chazal
180 by Malcolm de Chazal

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