The night of the non-event. War in the vacant sky. The Phantom’s absence.
Funerals. Coffin not covered with roses. Unarmed population. Long.
The yellow sun’s procession from the mosque to the vacant Place. Mute taxis.
Plainclothed army. Silent hearse. Silenced music. Palestinians with no Palestine.
To the Veritable Judge Belchoir da Cunha Brochado
[In memoriam, Ian Tyson (1933–2021), painter, printmaker, sculptor, and extraordinary book artist, who was my dear friend and frequent collaborator over a half-century and more. (j.r.)]
I have tried an altenstil / & dropped it. — J.R., A Book of Witness, 2003
N.B. As a master of the multivolume long poem, one of Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s motifs, she tells us, is “making a commentary in a poem that glosses key modernist texts in suspicion and homage.”
It’s A Strange Angel!
A NEW & improved angel!
Chicken-footed claws and finger feathers,
a perfect poultry type.
Raglan sleeve-y wings
from American SocietiesTranslated from Spanish by Javier Taboada
Spanish Language & Government share the same position…