Academic journal article Transnational Literature

That Is the Poem

Academic journal article Transnational Literature

That Is the Poem

Article excerpt

1.

The long poem is boring.

Do not write it

Unless you want to write about the whole journey:

Gilgamesh's journey for example.

And the short poem looks like a matchstick.

So place your cigarette near it before lighting.

2.

The bad poems are like foolish friends.

Try to delete them from memory

Before putting them on paper.

3.

If you want to write a poem about the rain

You can only write

When your soul - before your body -

has been wetted by the rain.

4.

Each poem has a sun.

(Do you know that?)

Each poem has an exile.

(Can you believe in what I say?)

So murmur the poem of exile

When you are at home.

And murmur the poem of home

When you are on the train of Heaven

That goes to Hell.

5.

On the occasion of mentioning Hell,

Write as much as you can

About the Hell-on-Earth

Because it has extended now

And has almost stuck with the Hell-on-Sky. …

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