Saturday, October 01, 2011

Poem: "Another America"

Another America

the eye-white sky-light
white-light district
of lunar lusts

     Mina Loy, “Lunar Baedeker”


Port people
with sea for eyes
and river mouths

set up campfires,
courses of dirt,
and chandelier palaces

The other Paris
who picked Hera,
objectively most beautiful,
for the apple from the Hesperides

received the city,
the arrangement of avenues, handkerchief parks,
noon showers that flirt with bicyclists
but keep their promise to the asphalt,

midnight inheritance of the stars,
cemeteries on land

Sailors on saddles
sing
of the jacaranda district

ride, singing,
to the silver altar
in the silver Basilica

The tango schools
once taught
men only

to drop
like a purple petal
from the mouth of the gaucho

2 comments:

Ms. ∆×∆p×≥h/4π said...

Tasty Morsel
this.

Jee Leong Koh said...

Thanks for tasting.