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José Moreno Villa / The truth

The truth There is a line in the sky for me. I see it, I’m looking at it; I cannot translate it, it’s encrypted. I understand it with all my body; I cannot speak it. (La verdad) Translated by Johannes … Continue reading

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August 1914

Hot, hot summer, dry golden fields of wheat, harvested Hot, hot summer, thunder of a thousand boots on dry golden fields of wheat Fire and death on scorched fields of wheat, blood harvest – Johannes Beilharz (© 2011) Originally posted … Continue reading

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J. H. Prynne

Was sagst du denn dann so also ja und nein etwa viermal am Tag angewidert und verlegen im Gedanken an weniger sagst du ach was soll’s. – J. H. Prynne (geb. 1936) Deutsche Übersetzung von Johannes Beilharz, Copyright © 2014. … Continue reading

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Not today, sweetheart

There was that book from the wild and thrusting seventies called “The day used to begin with a bullet wound” One of your favorites But I’ve had enough of those wounds, so the answer is “Not today, sweetheart” – Johannes … Continue reading

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Jack Nicholson

Little devils clicking in his eye flashes – Johannes Beilharz (1979) From the poetry collection Rural Ditties (1980), typewritten on my trademark Olympia manual, acquired used for $35 in Boulder, Colorado, in 1977. This booklet saw an edition of 1 … Continue reading

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Edward Dorn: A for Ism

A for Ism A poet’s occupation is to compose poetry The writing of it is everywhere – Edward Dorn (From Hello, La Jolla, Wingbow Press, 1978) This statement by my old teacher struck me as as relevant and true as … Continue reading

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