Ordeal by Nina CassianI promise to make you more alive than you've ever been.For the first time you'll see your pores openinglike the gills of a fish and you'll hearthe noise of blood in galleriesand feel light gliding on your corneaslike the dragging of a dress across the floor.For the first time, you'll note gravity's pricklike a thorn in your heel,and your shoulder blades will hurt from the imperative of wings.I promise to make you so alive thatthe fall of dust on furniture will deafen you,and you'll feel your eyebrows like two wounds formingand your memories will seem to beginwith the creation of the world.Translated by Michael Impey and Brian Swann
Thursday, 8 October 2009
National poetry day
In celebration of National Poetry Day, I want to share one of my all time favourite poems. I found it in an anthology when I was about 20 and it shook me out of myself. Wonderful that many years later, it still has that power for me. Enjoy.