a woman moves through dog rose and juniper bushes, a pussy clean and folded between her legs, breasts like the tips of her festive shoes shine silently in her heavy armoire. one black bird, one cow, one horse. the sea beats against the wall of the waterless. she walks to a phone booth that waits a fair distance from all three villages. it's a game she could have heard on the radio: a question, a number, an answer, a prize. her pussy reaches up and turns on the light in her womb. from the rain, she says into the receiver, we compiled white tables and chairs under a shed into a crossword puzzle and sat ourselves in the grid. the receiver is silent. the bird flounces like a burglar caught red-handed. her voice stumbles over her glands. the body to be written in the last block— i can suck his name out of any letter. all three villages cover their faces with wind.
From So Much Things To Say: 100 Calabash Poets. Copyright © 2010 by Valzhyna Mort. Used with permisson of Calabash International Literary Trust and the author.
Belarusian poet Valzhyna Mort is the author of Collected Body (Copper Canyon Press, 2012) and Factory of Tears (Copper Canyon Press, 2008), which was cotranslated into English by Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright and poet Franz Wright.
Date Published: 2010-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/crossword