Mythology: From Ancient to Post-Modern

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Erich Wolfgang Skwara


Don Juan as Myth

Excerpts from the novel Plague in Siena by Erich Wolfgang Skwara , translated by Derk Wynand. Pest in Siena (German title) was originally published in 1976; subsequent definitive German edition by Ullstein Verlag, Berlin, 1983. English translation to be published in 1992 by Ariadne Press, Riverside, California. For my dead was translated by H.F. Broch de Rothermann.


for my dead

When
you switch off the light,
within you
the stars arise
all around.

They draw blood
from the presence
of undoable
bodies.

But you,
you hunt what is falling,
you ravish
blazing cheeks.

You, a stranger,
seek
life and hand.

He was leaning over the rail of the boat. Half on solid footing, half hanging over the waves, almost in a horizontal position, he surrendered

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