a woman moves through dog rose and juniper bushes, a pussy clean and folded between her legs, breasts like the tips of her festive shoes shine silently in her heavy armoire. one black bird, one cow, one horse. the sea beats against the wall of the waterless. she walks to a phone booth that waits a fair
Belarusian poet Valzhyna Mort is the author of Collected Body (Copper Canyon Press, 2012) and Factory of Tears (Copper Canyon Press, 2008), which was cotranslated into English by Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright and poet Franz Wright. Mort, who writes in Belarusian and English, is the recipient of a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry, and the Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, among other honors.