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Louise Glück — Averno 👍

A collection of poems by the 2020 Nobel laureate Louise Glück. Pretty cool. No rhyming and so it reads very naturally/nicely.

Full text here.

October:

Is it winter again, is it cold again,
didn’t Frank just slip on the ice,
didn’t he heal, weren’t the spring seeds planted

didn’t the night end,
didn’t the melting ice
flood the narrow gutters

wasn’t my body
rescued, wasn’t it safe […]

Landscape:

The sun is setting behind the mountains,
the earth is cooling.
A stranger has tied his horse to a bare chestnut tree.
The horse is quiet — he turns his head suddenly,
hearing, in the distance, the sound of the sea.

I make my bed for the night here,
spreading my heaviest quilt over the damp earth.

The sound of the sea —
when the horse turns its head, I can hear it.

On a path through the bare chestnut trees,
a little dog trails its master […]

Averno:

You die when your spirit dies.
Otherwise, you live.
You may not do a good job of it, but you go on —
something you have no choice about.

When I tell this to my children
they pay no attention.
The old people, they think —
this is what they always do:
talk about things no one can see
to cover up all the brain cells they’re losing.
They wink at each other;
listen to the old one, talking about the spirit
because he can’t remember anymore the word for chair.

It is terrible to be alone.
I don’t mean to live alone —
to be alone, where no one hears you.

I remember the word for chair.
I want to say — I’m just not interested anymore […]

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Sabino Brilo — Я и другие люди

Read the collection “Я и другие люди” by Sabina Brilo (a Belarusian poet), it was good.

Although somehow the fact that it’s not famous also makes it.. not as good as other poetry.

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Walt Whitman — Song of Myself 👍

Like insights from an alt Twitter account. “I am large, I contain multitudes” is from there, as well “there is something curious and compassionate inside me that observes everything else”.

Full text: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45477/song-of-myself-1892-version