she was a one hole story a barhopped lamb with wax on her earrings misspent sunglasses on the glass of an endtable that only reflected nosehairs and oily pores. she wound up dead every time I touched her.
lamps with no lightbulbs, tables with dirty napkins-- all pink eyes, smokestained lips, a white map charted on her stomach where she left room for retaliation.
naked, she asked me to paint her make her face blue let her see what she's like inside let her feel the things that drown but never float back up.
I said nah.
this is the age of the bodily compromise, the gradual ceding of temperament to entities of fiction and purpose, the age of the first step of becoming a cyborg the age of the return of phrenology the age of dotdotdot someone-or-something will complete it-- of course the age of debt. citizens are numbered like only soldiers and prisoners have been in the past. well-irrigated obsolescence, forbearance, etc.
A cow grazes in our memory blood escapes from the udders the landscape is dead from a shot
The cow insists on its routine its tail drives away boredom the landscape revives in slow motion
The cow abandons the landscape we continue hearing the lowing our memory grazes now in that immense loneliness
The landscape leaves our memory the words change name leave us weeping on the blank page
The cow grazes now in the emptiness the words are mounted on her the language makes fun of us
Translated by Ron Hudson
Mario Meléndez (Linares, Chile, 1971), studied Journalism and Social Communication. Outstanding among his books are: “Autocultura y juicio” (with prologue from the National Prize of Literature, Roque Esteban Scarpa), “Apuntes para una leyenda” y “Vuelo subterráneo”. In 1993 he received the Municipal Prize of Literature in the Bicentennial of Linares. His poems have appeared in different revues of Hispano-American Literature as well as in National and Foreign anthologies. Mr. Meléndez has been invited to numerous Literary Conferences including: The First and Second Conferences of Latino-American Writers, organized by the Society of Writers of Chile (Sech), Santiago, 2001 and 2002, and the First International Conference of Amnesty and Solidarity with the People, Rome, Italy, 2003, at which he was named Member of Honor of the Academy of European Culture. At the beginning of 2005, he was published in the prestigious revues “Other Voices Poetry” and “Literati Magazine”. During that same year, he won the Harvest International Prize for best Spanish-language poem from the University of California Polytechnic, Pomona, in the United States. Parts of his work have been translated into Italian, English, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Romanian, Farsi and Catalan. Currently, he is working on the project “Fiestas of the Itinerant Book”.
never showed up. We drove to a pancake house and on
the way I told a lot of jokes. Then we drove around
Eastern Connecticut looking for yard sales. When I
stood up for you at work, you said, a coldness
Soon I will play basketball at twilight. You will
practice walking meditation. Whatever happens on the
job, we will be okay
Patrick Frank: I am a published poet-songwriter and essayist from Middletown, CT, USA. I have served as a counselor and advocate for the poor in New England, the South, and on the Zuni Indian reservation in New Mexico. I am now working with mental health clients in Connecticut.
I am Bipolar and have been in treatment of this disorder since 1999. I have also experienced homelessness.
I have been strongly influenced by international poetry and Eastern philosophy. I published a periodical of Eastern forms of poetry, and aesthetic philosophy, Point Judith Light, during the 1990’s.
In my work, I strive for clarity, depth, a microcosmic aspect, and a kaleidoscopic effect. I focus on the sense of mystery that is embodied in ordinary experience and reality. I would like my poetry to be accessible, while avoiding superficiality.
My creativity is stimulated by dream material, music, great cinema, physical activity, and exposure to nature. I often touch upon social justice themes, the experience of poverty and homelessness, sport, and my work with the disabled. I also explore ethical challenges that lead to personal growth.