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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.

Credit


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

Author


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

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/granada-sings-whitman