Trafika Europe 13 - Russian Ballet

Helga Olshvang Landauer

What the Japanese man understood

It’s damp in the world, tiresome to linger around, families are inscrutable, but it’s light and airy in the produce department, clothes separated from the body are nothing more than peelings, suppers progressing in stages of sizzle, chickens and octopi splayed in various poses, lovers, gutted parcels, parchments in tatters. The storm pervades everything, crackling, it ripens, a hail-grape at a time, the purplish limb of lightning ossifies, becoming brittle. Envy and night seem far off, but they reach here. I, a forevermore man, on the edge of the park close to downpour, wearing tissue and bone under a creased cellophane wrapper, wish today to appear as a guest, safely dry and lighthearted.


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