BACKPACK

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Reading by translator Mira Rosenthal

 

This world, along with several other worlds,
can fit into the outside pocket of my backpack
or in a bag from Switzerland procured
in a shop with a view over the roof, the lake,

the Alps, eternity, the teeth of the hungry maw
still open. Watch me now, how I’m dancing around
with a bottle on my head and glasses in my paws.
No matter the size of my steps, I’ll arrive …

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     I sprouted into a milky clump.
          Cotton boll picked,
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