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two poems from The Hunchbacks’ Bus

sam introduces himself to his readers

i’m sam
i have a woman with a green leg
and an ear cut off
i have a woman with a shaved head
and long goat-like tits
in the morning when she goes to the market
dogs pee on her leg
and roses bloom
i have a tender and lusty woman
she licks the chocolate from my fingers
and my fingers stiffen in an erection
i’m sam
i also have a hump
my mama gave it to me when she was a camel
as for anything else i have a happy-go-lucky nature
when it rains i feel like going to the movies
but my master puts me on the leash
i’m a wet puppy i bear it in silence
i make small yellow pretzels
and reflect on the good lord

minodora dreams of sam

mama told me:
minodora, stop thinking about sam
when you go to the market
think of bacon, think of cabbage
be a proper woman
what would have been, i asked her
if beethoven hadn’t always had a bird
singing in his head?
yeah but beethoven, mama said
picking up the dust rag
and starting to clean the genius’s ears
and that’s only because i must
write about you
the same way i must sneeze
or yawn
i dreamt of you last night
you had a baby with a cat’s head
he was cute as a button
you were screaming your head off
‘come see what a tumbling rock
has to go through to reach a beautiful stillness’
it’s a big deal
when you forget to cross yourself
before going to sleep

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Nora Iuga
Diana Manole, Adam Sorkin
Original language:
2016 Number 2 - One Thousand Suns

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Original poet

Nora Iuga

NORA IUGA was born in 1931 in Romania. Between 1971 and 1978, under the accusation that her work disseminated ‘morbid eroticis...

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Diana Manole

DIANA MANOLE is a poet and playwright, whose books include Angel with a Canadian Visa (2011), Oh, That’s Too Much! (2000), Eve...

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Adam Sorkin

Adam J. Sorkin's books of translation include Memory Glyphs: Three Prose Poets from Romania (Twisted Spoon, 2009), Mircea Ivăne... » Read more


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