Day: December 4, 2008

Face at the Bottom of the World: Hagiwara Sakutaro.

Duel Both earth and sky are greenesses, Greens that explode and expand: Shoes flash like fish as I tread the seas And hang like fish when I stand, And happiness swims in the shadow of trees As the light blade hangs from my hand. Moonlight and Jellyfish I swim in the moonlight, swim to snare Jellyfish swarming, flocks of phlegm. My hands stream out, forgoing me: Further and further they extend Among those moving mirrors where, Coiling, the seaweeds cumber them; Where, in the mooned alembic sea, My flesh turns glassy, glassily. A thing transparent, a chilly thing, Flows in the water, knows no end… My soul near frozen, shivering, Sinks in the sea, is almost drowned, Drowned in its very trance of prayer While swarming everywhere around, Swarming round me everywhere, The jellyfish in trembles of pure blue Swim out, swim through That moonlight they are turning to…. I shall have to balance these excerpts from  The Face at the Bottom of the World with a woman poet, when I get two minutes. In the …