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This poem is taken from PN Review 131, Volume 26 Number 3, January - February 2000.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Border Dog (translated by Andrew Shields) Durs Grünbein

In memory of I.P. Pavlov
And all the experimental dogs
Of the Medical Academy
Of the Russian Army

Frozen dog
Brought back to life
.

'Well, that's bizarre!' cried the one
With the thin voice
.

'And it's not coming alone,'
Answered the stranger.

(To be continued.)


1

Dogness: an empty parking lot at noon.
'Nothing but trouble ...', seasickness on land.
Dogness: this and that, and lessons from garbage dumps,
A knuckle for meals, and orgasms in mud.
Dogness: whatever happens next, chance
...


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