By Maureen N. McLane
Nationwide publication Award Finalist
A important, exhilarating new selection of poems from the nationwide ebook Critics Circle nominee
From lichens to department stores to service provider republics, it’s “another day during this the following cosmos,” in Maureen N. McLane’s gorgeous 3rd poetry assortment, This Blue. listed here are songs for and of a brand new century, poems either archaic and absolutely now. in the midst of existence, stationed in our universal “Terran Life,” the poet conjures city pigeons, Adirondack mountains, Genoa, Andalucía, Belfast, Parma; here's a global sounded out, damaged, in all likelihood shareable, newly named: “Take it up outdated Adam— / daily the area exists / to be named.” This Blue is a looking and a singing—intricate, horny, clever.
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Mircea Ionescu-Quintus At Jilava I read on a wall, scrawled in blood: “locked here for eight years,” and saw you, brave and silent, humble scribe unknown. Below, on the same wall, engraved: “five years and six months I stayed,” and as I stared at gates and walls there were but years, and months, and lives. I read on a wall, scrawled in blood, I was locked up, I was locked up . . Oh God, how I want to know what tally, one day, will I scrawl? 15 16 The Devil’s Grinder Oamenii Zadarnic îndrăznesc plopii spre înalturi, zadarnic piscurile până la poalele norilor; zadarnic vulturii, amestecându-se cu aştrii şi căzând împreună; pentru că nu sus în ceruri, ci aici pe pământ sunt oamenii.
Broaştele şi greierii s-au prins la taifas, pe marginea lacului foşneşte stuful, din freamătul zilei nimic n-a mai rămas, doar pasărea neagră-şi croncăne năduful. De dincolo, de la ,,Rex‘‘, vin adieri de jaz, ca note spânzurate pe portativ de sârmă, ca iarăşi amintirea a unui vechi necaz, ca prima-nfiorare a dragostei din urmă. Trasoare şi stele se joacă în noapte, tihnirea se-aşează iar rece otreapă, rămân încă treze poveştile-n şoapte şi stânci adormite cu botul în apă. 1 Lac in sud-estul României.
Not even One single star In this night of mine When, With fingers of ice I write you, I write you. 11 12 The Devil’s Grinder Sărman Icar Visai să zbori spre soare, iară, mai liber, fără de habar; şi meşterind pe-aripi de ceară, ai adormit, sărman Icar . . Mircea Ionescu-Quintus Poor Icarus You were dreaming of flying towards the sun, again, free, freer, without a care, and mastering your waxen wings, you drifted off, poor Icarus . . 13 14 The Devil’s Grinder La Jilava Citeam pe-un zid, cu sânge scris: ,,opt ani am stat aici închis‘‘ şi te vedeam, brav şi tăcut, smerite scrib necunoscut.