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This poem is taken from PN Review 247, Volume 45 Number 5, May - June 2019.

Six Makeshift Trees translated by Marilyn Hacker
Six Makeshift Trees around My Bathtub
Samira Negrouche
Translated from the French by Marilyn Hacker

Man part animal part flower part metal part human
                                                    ‘The Approximate Man’, Tristan Tzara


Above our heads                    a vertical shadow
a shadow that flaps above our heads
a clandestine whistling
on the arid plain                        above our overloaded

and while there’s that whistling     that whistling
as our buzzing skulls
a cement roof accommodates our moods
                  on the makeshift platform
                          the constellation set adrift
in the fog of the senses

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