Lustful Things – Geile Sachen!, Folge 14: Ilma Rakusa, »Moroccan bowl«

Lustful Things

German Poetry Now: A bilingual online-anthology, featured by DAS GEDICHT chapbook   Ilma Rakusa Moroccan bowl You are holding it in your hand, it fills out your entire palm. Glazed terracotta bowl, whitish with turquoise symbols that gaily, lightly lead around, circling. Fluttering, in a way. In the early light they keep still. When the day rises, they cry: milk. You are amazed, wondering about the hassle. But you don’t step aside calmly. Water sounds better. Tea sounds best. The green one with mint. The bowl stares at you. In the tea you see yourself. Distorted. Then the signs begin […]

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Lustful Things – Geile Sachen!, Folge 13: Ilma Rakusa, »Picture in the bedroom«

Lustful Things

German Poetry Now: A bilingual online-anthology, featured by DAS GEDICHT chapbook   Ilma Rakusa Picture in the bedroom No movie poster, no Madonna, no landscape, but her: she, the sleeping Japanese woman. Standing and sleeping, with pitch-black hair and a barrette in that ink-blue turtleneck sweater, her lips painted red as if for a fancy ball. But so much adrift, removed. Now I look at her behind the glass; she doesn’t see me. The snapshot of sleep lasts forever. One perennially extending moment full of innocence. And blissful, that too. Come, the picture is whispering – what are you waiting […]

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Lustful Things – Geile Sachen!, Folge 12: Uta Regoli, »Talisman«

Lustful Things

German Poetry Now: A bilingual online-anthology, featured by DAS GEDICHT chapbook   Uta Regoli Talisman I sought and found him on an Italian beach Oval flat smooth abstract painted as though by Braque What a gem I added my earthly love-blundering to his light years and sea-life and kept him in my purse along with coins and keys Every touch provoked a desire a plea a memory But one day I lost him Gone O my little hard touchstone my mini-effigy and shining foothold my street-smart man* from Talis – gobbled up by the salty snow slush of a Canadian […]

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Lustful Things – Geile Sachen!, Folge 11: Georg Maria Roers SJ, »In the trattoria«

Lustful Things

German Poetry Now: A bilingual online-anthology, featured by DAS GEDICHT chapbook   Georg Maria Roers SJ In the trattoria As she swiftly sweeps bread crumbs off the cutting board the espresso is brought to the table right after it was called for and now a new lust is incited for a not yet discovered landmark upon my empty plate the rest of my Ossobuco what else do you want in the heart of Florence but the hustle and bustle of a beautiful Italian woman   translated by Paul-Henri Campbell     »Lustful Things – Geile Sachen!« im Archiv »Lustful Things […]

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Lustful Things – Geile Sachen!, Folge 10: Gerhard Rühm, »newspaper and book«

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German Poetry Now: A bilingual online-anthology, featured by DAS GEDICHT chapbook   Gerhard Rühm newspaper and book »whoever holds me in his hands, will learn what’s new in every land in striking ways no gaze withstands; i’m light, the book a weighty bore; those pains! from reading often sore – at most one story, seldom more.« »i’m on a shelf, my owner’s pride; your back is narrow, mine is wide; i don’t mind when i’m put aside unread as long as i am stored away and sometimes come on tour; you’re crumpled up, while i’m adored.« the reader steps in […]

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