Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Two by Pierre Joris

Two by Pierre Joris

R Train Spotting

young man
head shaven
pale serious mien
agingly punkish
reading deeply
in Spinoza’s Ethics
from 59th Street
until he gets out
at Pacific, sud-
denly gone
before I can doff
my cap verbally
or even nod



how can I get
from seepage
to sea page
this morning
without leaving
this seeded page?
Pierre Joris is a poet, translator, essayist & anthologist who has published more than 40 books. Just out: Exile is My Trade: A Habib Tengour Reader and Pierre Joris:  Cartographies of the In-between, edited by Peter Cockelbergh. Forthcoming are Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (poems, Chax Press), The University of California Book of North African Literature (anthology), Aljibar America (Poems 2000-2011 Black Widow Press,) & his translations of The Collected Late Poems of Paul Celan (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux).

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