Translation of Ernst Jandl’s “Als Nachwort…:”

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Original: Jupiter unbewohnt merkur unbewohnt saturn unbewohnt uranus unbewohnt neptun unbewohnt venus unbewohnt pluto unbewohnt mars unbewohnt erde ungewohnt Ernst Jandl   English Translation   Jupiter: uninhabited Mercury: uninhabited Saturn uninhabited Uranus uninhabited Neptune uninhabited Venus: uninhabited Pluto uninhabited Mars: uninhabited Earth: uninhibited Toby … Continued

Grunewald

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Pearling clear waters Slowed and quickened By the gust of Cold autumn wind Binding the waves To their earthy grave Gated by Great Leafy Trees Dancing in the silver mirrors Of the unruffled waters Throughout which Long spiraling barks Of … Continued

Barge

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I. The wooden barge Floats on endless instance Of watery front II. I walk its planks Capturing the silvery eye Of its sea bound lantern III. My feet meld Its shaken core My hands it’s torn sky IV. As I … Continued

Progress of time

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Lying in bed, I found the drive to burn down my room increase itself steadily. I wanted to leave nothing behind but my own name, to clean it of all the free lodgers. I thought I would do it a … Continued

Above the sea of enmity

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I’m fastened to  boat Floating with the tide The black water is seeping in Through cracks along the side The rocks and sea take part In careless enmity But my boat pushes on Gently carrying me This sinking grave was once … Continued

In Time

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Envy. A green eyed, gripping, relentlessly present emotion, that I cannot learn to control. In years, I know I will laugh – how silly to become so entrapped in someone so previously irrelevant to my existence. For now, I see … Continued

Diamond Chandelier

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I’m tired and anxious I hear an ominous whimper I want to go back to my years when I thought life was simpler. I had a nightmare last night so i don’t want to go to sleep. Oh Conscious stop … Continued

No Title

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Late noon we stormed out. Away from the dim lanterns light. Between high grown grazing land we were chasing one another until it was as dark as the time further of us. The echo of a familiar voice, sirens of … Continued

TV Land

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The blue fire was my best friend. It showed me things I’d never seen before. Things I didn’t even know I wanted to see. My favorite was the Hawaii one. I liked to watch the waterfalls and listen to the … Continued

A Letter of the Night Time

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Dear, I’m not quite sure who yet, I find myself in a literal entrapment of utter confusion, which you I must admit are the very root source and cause of. Now before you feel offended, or perhaps a little confused … Continued

Vlad

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Okay so blue goes to Tuesday, red Wednesday, two green and yellows Thursday, wait no, s***, that’s not right. What about Monday?––“Vladd,” she trailed off from the other room. “Yeah mom? What’s wrong?” “I need my pills.” “Yeah just one … Continued

Ben

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His name used to be Benny, but it’s just Ben now. A cold, short, hard name.  Ben was a fighter, had been since he was little. One night he convened with a couple broads of the cheaper variety, and picked … Continued

I am

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I’m the last page of a book you didn’t read, Shivery hands of a strong woman, Ivory in the look of a blind man, I’m the wood in the forest, the stone on a coast, I’m everything you could but … Continued

The Rabbit Hole

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As I enter into the rabbit hole, I try to capture with my weak eyes, The shines of life which made us sigh, I stretch my nostrils to invite each and every scent, And hope with fullness her truth was … Continued

I will

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I’m going to walk in the middle of the road When the Sun goes up and the Sun goes down I’m going to run in the middle of the road When the Sun goes up and the Sun goes down … Continued

You cannot chase the wind

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She told me. Long sentences.  They all felt cold, likes blades against my skin, My mind has changed she says, blinking twice in confirmation, I stare in sin, I loved and love, and will love on, How I learn now, here when … Continued

6 run-on sentences

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1. under crisp leaves and autumn clouds the inexperienced silence shaded my mind as i was only a blue mistake you made once and twice and gone. 2. through teasing taunting back and forth, i crumbled losing in height battling … Continued

Poem which hates on rich people, who spend lots of money and say they’re not materialistic

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Poem which hates on rich people, who spend lots of money and say they’re not materialistic Cubicle lives, like bees in a hive, There are some who deny the truth, And some who access it just to survive, Travelers and … Continued

Of Reactionists, Republicans and Revolutionaries Or what Color to paint a Nation?

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Scene 1 Narrator: It is a time of great unrest, old Europe has fallen to the fire it ignited four years ago, and now lies next to 10 million dead. Previous institutions wiped away, a large nation in the heart … Continued

If I could Choose

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If I Could Choose If I could win the lottery, And buy island in the sea, Live a life of fame and fortune, In a world that turns for me. Would I buy that great Ferrari? Or that house back … Continued