Saturday, July 08, 2017

Poem in Lorca anthology Verde que te quiero verde

Delighted that the second edition of Verde que te quiero verde: Poems after Federico Garcia Lorca is now out with my poem, "To the Thanatos Within Me," in it! (text below). Thanks to the editors!
TO THE THANATOS WITHIN ME
Dear friend of ferment,
who unearths the worms
that enrich this blissful human soil,
promising the end of eternal roil:
I embrace you, dear shadow,
my revelatory friend;
dear suicidal impulse; today
I dream of the parapets above
A la Vielle Russie, and
of splattering near the Plaza
where Woody Allen wooed young girls,
leaving a bit of me
on the Strand Bookstand,
near the park and the seals—
but this is too vibrant and real.
Better to find myself alone
in a porcelain tub
with chamomile bath oil . . .
(as if I needed to be calm;
there is eternity for that),
listening to Verdi’s Requiem,
holding a razor, or better still,
to poison myself with small
scored pills, avoiding arsenic
and the Bovary traps
of indigestion, detection;
best with caplets, red carafes
of wine or Guinness brew —
(who wouldn’t want to quaff a few?)
What catharsis there is in the dive,
the gesture, the infinite jest,
the slash, the brush (its own fire),
the dance with death?
Ah, this: as I flirt, you draw near,
chingon to my chingada
bite my ear, stop my breath—
who else could do that?
Te quiero, my Mescal, my absinthe,
my blue cyanosing corps, my Mayakovsky,
my you …
Was this a mistake? Is it too late… ?
You bite my ear, take up my rear, whisper:
Yes.
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