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A Note on Absence
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Absence

 
by Luljeta Lleshanaku
translated by Henry Israeli

The moon
nicotine of a kiss. . .

A sideways glance
like the mast of a pirate ship
beyond a distant island






From Fresco: Selected Poetry of Luljeta Lleshanaku, translated by Henry Israeli, published by New Directions. Copyright © 2001 by Luljeta Lleshanaku. Translation copyright © 2001 by Henry Israeli. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
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