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This poem is taken from PN Review 246, Volume 45 Number 4, March - April 2019.

Tricing (after César Vallejo)

An experimental translation of Trilce by César Vallejo
Beau Hopkins

is making all that racket, and won’t leave
us sky-enduring islands
  be, excreting our testaments?

  a bit of
courtesy, for christssake. soon
it’s late again, day again, lightsout, reveille
  the guano soon
posting a capital gain
o thou treasury
  of preciousest shit

which the sea-stockinged pelican
  drips on the atoll of the heart,
o raft rocking on glass
  -blown waves.

  a bit of
courtesy, oozing white crut
6 p.m. nothing but

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