Tuesday, January 05, 2010

January CommQuote

I think a New Year's resolution for our monthly quote will be to call upon more poetry. Here's an excerpt from a poem by Raul Hernandez Novas featured in THE WHOLE ISLAND: SIX DECADES OF CUBAN POETRY (University of California Press, 2009). The poem is called Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

...Maybe we play in the same park
a mute telephone between us
and electric cord coiled vibrating
working in the white curve of distance
the path at whose end a sad snow falls
the flight of a silent bird
a migratory bird's promise
seen with the soil of Wisconsin my bone gone to pot
a telegram carried by birds and between us
nothing but a shining window
that I pass through without breaking the glass.
--Raul Hernandez Novas, trans. by Mark Weiss

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