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By Michael Collier

An person History describes the fears, anger, and guilt—personal, familial, societal, political, and historical—that include a lifestyles. The determine of the speaker’s maternal grandmother who used to be institutionalized for 5 a long time serves as an overriding metaphor for this haunting, daring new paintings by means of an important American poet.

from “An person History

This was once ahead of the time of lithium and Zoloft

before temper stabilizers and anxiolytics

and just about all the psychotropic medicines, yet now not before

    thorazine,

which the suicide O’Laughlin referred to as “handcuffs for the

   mind.”

It was once prior to, in the course of, and after the time of atomic

   fallout,

Auschwitz, the Nakba, DDT, and also you may take water

    cures,

find solace in quarantines, perform shunnings,

or stand at Lourdes one of the canes and crutches.

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Lo sabemos: sólo somos medidas de su música. 28 ' IV Days that haunt the poem’s single day are like the air revisiting this house of vocables that you and I designed: its windows watch an ocean and a sky to learn what portion of the other’s mind the jet-trails presage: letters are stones that fly to settle in a wall of which the line traces an hour, a where, a place of thought. What is more palpable, the thing we saw or the images its recollection brought into the mind to ask us what we are? Friendship is more palpable than both, the day that founded it, and time its confirmation: we go and stay, knowing in that pulsation we are the measure of its music flowing.

In their forewords the poets explain how the poems came to be written and translated.

Más real que ambas es la amistad, el día que la funda, los días que la confirman: en su latir pasamos y quedamos. Lo sabemos: sólo somos medidas de su música. 28 ' IV Days that haunt the poem’s single day are like the air revisiting this house of vocables that you and I designed: its windows watch an ocean and a sky to learn what portion of the other’s mind the jet-trails presage: letters are stones that fly to settle in a wall of which the line traces an hour, a where, a place of thought. What is more palpable, the thing we saw or the images its recollection brought into the mind to ask us what we are?

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