Another Poem for the Saturday After Thanksgiving (2014)

It is raining. Hooray! California really needs the rain.

Self is taking the opportunity to go through her humongous Pile of Stuff.

Part of the pile is New Yorkers. And another part is The New York Review of Books.

One thing self has noticed in the two years she’s been subscribing to The New York Review of Books is: She really likes their poetry.

She encountered a nifty poem on p. 10 of the Nov. 6, 2014 NYRB issue. Here’s the first half:

LISBON, 1989

by April Bernard

The new year lurched
on a clamor of horns
trash cans and firecrackers
rising up from the harbor
over the window sills
into a hotel room where
civility had just died.
Next day we went for lunch
to a pricey restaurant
filled with leftover Nazis
and I was sick in the ladies’ room
where the walls were zebra skins
and the vanity stools mothed-up
leopard. So I left alone

Perhaps self finds the poem so resonant because of the novel she is currently reading: Hans Fallada’s mesmerizing novel of life in World War II Berlin, Every Man Dies Alone.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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