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Prepping This Semester’s Poetry Workshop — 1

Prepping This Semester’s Poetry Workshop — 1

So I’m read­ing The Pen­guin Anthol­o­gy of Twen­ti­eth Cen­tu­ry Poet­ry, edit­ed by Rita Dove, in prepa­ra­tion for the poet­ry work­shop I’ll be teach­ing this semes­ter, and four very dif­fer­ent poems, almost all in a row, by four very dif­fer­ent poets, took my breath away: “Pow­er,” by Audre Lorde, “The Pre­dic­tion,” by Mark Strand, “A Stone […]

from “Cattle of The Lord,” by Rosa Alice Branco

from “Cattle of The Lord,” by Rosa Alice Branco

I stroll from street to street,
the trees spill them­selves on the asphalt road.
Soon­er or lat­er the leaves
will end up swept away from the side­walk.
Let’s call their dis­ap­pear­ance wind.
Let’s go on giv­ing names to all
we’ve lost in the name of words.

 

—Rosa Alice Bran­co, from Cat­tle of the Lord (trans­lat­ed by Alex­is Lev­itin)