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Poems and Poetics: Inuhiko Yomota, from MY PURGATORY 

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I’ll go out of the outside of time where there are no more seagulls, no
more sounds of waves.
When the aim of waiting is known, waiting should be half over,
but I depend only on the cracked keel and sail
and am not permitted to know what on earth I’m waiting for.

– Inuhiko Yomota
from A BOAT ¹ from “My Purgatory” (Red Moon Press, VA)
End Note ¹ Alludes to Dante, Paradiso, Canto II, which, in the Carlyle-Okey-Wicksteed translation, begins: “O ye who in your little skiff longing to hear, have followed on my keel that singeth on its way, / turn to revisit your own shores; commit you not to the open sea; for perchance, losing me, ye would be left astray.”

Hiroaki Sato, translation from the Japanese

Source: Poems and Poetics: Inuhiko Yomota: from MY PURGATORY

*: Cowboy on the boat of ra

*: Cowboy on the boat of ra.

Ra

 

116

Take from my palms, to soothe your heart,
a little honey, a little sun
in obediance to Persephone’s bees

You can’t untie a boat that was never moored
nor hear a shadow in its furs,
nor move through thick life without fear.

For us, all that’s left is kisses
tattered as the little bees
that die when they leave the hive.

Deep in the transparent night they’re still
humming,
at home in the dark wood  on the mountain,
in the mint and lungwort and the past.

But lay to your heart my rough gift,
this unlovely dry necklace of dead bees
that once made a sun out of honey.

Osip Mandelstam
W. S.  Merwin, trans.
~ thanks to the poet Marilyn E. Johnston for her  reading of this poem