An Individual History: Poems by Michael Collier PDF

By Michael Collier

ISBN-10: 0393239217

ISBN-13: 9780393239218

An person History describes the fears, anger, and guilt—personal, familial, societal, political, and historical—that include a existence. The determine of the speaker’s maternal grandmother who used to be institutionalized for 5 many years serves as an overriding metaphor for this haunting, daring new paintings by way of a vital American poet.

from “An person History

This used to be ahead of the time of lithium and Zoloft

before temper stabilizers and anxiolytics

and just about all the psychotropic medicines, yet now not before


which the suicide O’Laughlin known as “handcuffs for the


It used to be ahead of, in the course of, and after the time of atomic


Auschwitz, the Nakba, DDT, and also you might take water


find solace in quarantines, perform shunnings,

or stand at Lourdes one of the canes and crutches.

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Mas zque fue vuestra paz sino arenas ardiendo debajo de los parpados? Lejos corrfa el viento que no deja salobres las mejillas. Lejos hay un lugar para su sombra junta a la fresca sombra de los antepasados. Lejos sera el ausente menos ausente ahora. jOh! Secad vuestras lagrimas que nada son para la sed del extranjero. Guardad vuestras plegarias: el no pedfa amor ni otro exilio en el cielo. Y dejad que la tierra levante sus arrullos de injuriada madrastra: "Yo guardo un coraz6n tan aspero y hostil como la hoja de la higuera".

It can grow in you like the bite of leprosy; it can become your executioner. Innocent monster, insatiable guest at your death! 47 cl : III l l I \ t ! UN ROSTRO EN EL OTONO La mujer del otofio llegaba a mi ventana sumergiendo su rostro entre las vides, reclinando sus hombros, sus vegetales hombros, en las nieblas, buscando im1tilmente su pecho resignado a nacer y morir entre dos suefios. Desde un lejano cielo la aguardaban las lluvias, aquellas que golpeaban duramente su dulce piel labrada par el duelo de una vieja estaci6n, sus ojos que nadan desde el llanto o su palida boca perdida para siempre, coma en una plegaria que inconmovibles dioses acallaran.

Se que la luz delata los territorios de la sombra y vigila en suspenso, y que oscuridad exalta el fuego y se arrodilla en los rincones. Pero, zcual de las dos labra el legftimo derecho de la trama? Ah, no se trata de triunfo, de aceptaci6n ni de sometimiento. Yo me pregunto, entonces: mas tarde 0 mas temprano, mirado desde arriba, zcual es en el recuento final, el verdadero, intocable destino? zEl que quise y no fue? zel que no quise y fue? 52 LESJEUX SONT FAITS* So much splendor on this day! So much useless splendor, empty and betrayed!

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