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Granada Sings Whitman

By the river Genil
lovers sing what belongs to the water,
a shoemaker sings the dream he had,
his helper the dream he didn't,
a man sings to the woman
on the broken mattress,
death at midday sings,
on the banks of the Darro
a blind thief
collecting golden poplars sings,
and so does the crevice of quivers,
the saints flaming in la Sierra
and the men rehearsing a country.
They know nothing stays,
but when Whitman sings—
they allow his voice
to take them apart.


From Poet in Andalucía by Nathalie Handal. Copyright © 2012 by Nathalie Handal. Reprinted with permission of University of Pittsburgh Press. All rights reserved.


Nathalie Handal

Nathalie Handal is the author of several books of poetry, including Life in a Country Album, forthcoming from University of Pittsburgh Press in 2019, and The Republics (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), which received a 2016 Arab American Book Award

Date Published: 2012-01-01

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