Monday, February 9, 2009

Aimless Reading: The B's, Part 32 (Daniel Borzutsky)

Borzutsky, Daniel
The Ecstasy of Capitulation

I think Geoffrey Gatza gave me this book about the time Daniel was in town for a reading -- maybe two years ago. To be honest, I haven't read it, and the physical being of the book is not really stirring up any personal memories, so I am afraid we're going right to the excerpt:


Dear Sir, wasps are circling our heads. Birds watch
our worst moments and their tweets are progress
reports to the wind. Waves are evil yet
they treat some nations more kindly. The news
says the news has disappeared. Still, we are
unsure if fog is our enemy. Wind
is against us. Rumors say fog will join
us. We watch our bodies dissolve into
fog and soon our heads are floating. Our
shadows know where our feet go, our minds do
not. Dear Sir, owls are against us. We
shoot trees but the bullets pierce us. Mud is 
against us. Streams are with us. Crickets and
cocoons are against us. Echoes cannot
be tamed. They hide in ditches, or in
perfect visibility. Sleep is not
our friend.

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