Ivory Black [Not to speak]

Myriam Moscona

  Not to speak
To see and to translate into moans    It's not pain
  To moan from birth
  Only the eye and the conquering of a tongue
  (that you wanted to say that for the slit?)
  To return toward hearing (to touch oneself) via the
  heart is heard slowly
  Is guarded like a black poem as if it were an eye
who might rain
From Negro marfil / Ivory Black by Myriam Moscona. Copyright © 2011 by Jen Hofer. Published by Les Figues Press. Reprinted with permission of the translator.

Poems by This Author

Ivory Black [BLACK breathing BLACK at the window] by Myriam Moscona
BLACK breathing BLACK at the window
Ivory Black [Dissolves] by Myriam Moscona
Ivory Black [In the white and in the soot] by Myriam Moscona
In the white and in the soot

Further Reading

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