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This poem is taken from PN Review 135, Volume 27 Number 1, September - October 2000.

Turkey, Spain, Ireland, Saudi Arabia John Gallas


Ahmet Hasim (1884-1933). Turkey

Moonstruck Storks

Milkymoonstruck, a cool disposition of storks
contemplate a pool in still council.

The sky is a hungup lagoon tonight, deep-high,
and pricked with a million bluecooped gnats.

What are the birds that fish up there, and sip
the airy, crackled bugs with glittered wakes?

The storks contemplate such questions in a still council ...
moonstruck ... at the pool ... into the night ...


Frederico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936). Spain

Song of the Sterile Orange Tree

Axeman.
Cut down my shade.
Free me from the gall
of fruitless sight.

Why born in the air of mirrors?
...


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