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5 & 7 & 5

follow that airplane
of course I'm high   this is
an emergency

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giant Scots terrier
I thought I saw was known as
Taxicab Mountain

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brown photo   legend
"serene enjoyment" they suck
pipes bones crumbled back

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night train whistles   stars
over a nation under
mad temporal czars

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round lumps of cells grow
up to love porridge   later
become The Supremes

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lady I lost my
subway token   we must part
it's faster by air

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"but it's our world"
tiny blue hands and green arms
your thought in my room

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sweet bouzouki sound
another syntax for heads
up to the aether

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in you the in moon
its rays entwined in my mind's
hair   hangs down right in

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viewing the dragon
there they ride slim through my dream
Carpaccio's pair

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slow bloom inside you
the mnemonics of loving
incessant chatter

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far shore Ferris wheel
turning glowing humming   love
in our lit-up heads

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switch them to sleep now
the flying foxes swarm out
great   it's flurry time

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wind rain you and me
went looking for a new house
o the grass grows loud

Credit


From Notes on the Possibilities and Attractions of Existence, by Anselm Hollo, published by Coffee House Press. Copyright © 2001 Anselm Hollo. Reprinted by permission of Coffee House Press. All rights reserved.

Author


Anselm Hollo

The author of more than thirty books, Anselm Hollo received the 2004 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets for his translation of Pentii Saarikoski's Trilogy.

Date Published: 2001-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/5-7-5