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Names by Marilyn Hacker
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Nov 24, 10

Read on November 24, 2010

Beautiful as always. Best read with tea while listening to Bach.

"Eggplant and peppers, shallots, garlic and cumin:
Let them be, married on my plate, my country"
(Ghazal: dar al-harb)

"I walked up the rue du Temple in the fog,
not a mist of exile and erasure,
but one from which memory and nomenclature
engage (Thank you, Wystan) in a dialogue
with dark streets redolent of almost-home."
(3. Names)

"Start another bottle of rough-tongued wine,
that sanguine glitter in the midnight mirror."
(4. Names)

"Can you tell the love that sets you free from the love that kills?"
(Ghazal: min al-hobbi m'a qatal)
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