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Monday, April 21, 2014

Georg Trakl in the Green Sun

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Georg Trakl, in the sun

I am in love with you

I want you to come back to this earth

So that we can be lovers

I will wash your hallucinatory sheets

With bleach

And give birth to your Austrian kin

It took a while

Now I am me

You were always you

Come back to this earth

I will wash you in a bath of violet milk

I will take all of your cares away

I will be your mother father

I will be your sister, little bunny

I will birth you in the ocean

And when your head disconnects from your body

I will scoop up the black water

Until I find it

And put it in a pail of blue

And sail the ocean back to land

To put your eyelids in a jar

A tiny capsule

To take with me, everything

Yes I will eat

I will swallow your eyelashes

And if you don’t think I’m serious

And if you don’t think I am serious this time, poetry

I am

 

 

Dorothea Lasky is the author of ROME (Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2014), as well as Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, all out from Wave Books. She is a co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney's, 2013) and has authored many chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Her poems have appeared in numerous places, including The Paris Review and POETRY. She is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University's School of the Arts, is a co-founder of the Ashbery Home School, served as a 2013 Bagley Wright Lecturer in Poetry, and co-directs New York University's Writers in Florence program. She lives in Brooklyn and can be found online at dorothealasky.tumblr.com. On Saturday, April 26th at 7pm, Lasky and Susan Firer will read at Woodland Pattern Book Center as part of the Milwaukee Poets Laureate Reading Series.