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Dancing in Odessa by Ilya Kaminsky
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Oct 18, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: poetry
Read on October 18, 2011

Magical. I needed to read this book today, since I was just replying to a friend who wrote a poem about synesthesia. Some of my favorite moments:

When I lost my hearing, I began to see voices.

He ran ofter a train with tomatoes in his coat

We lived north of the future, days opened
letters with a child's signature, a raspberry, a page of sky.

August! the light in the tress, full of fury. August
filling hands with language that tastes like smoke.

I've made mistakes, yes: in bed
I compared government
to my girlfriend.

Nadezhda, her Yes and No are difficult
to tell apart.

October: grapes hung like the fists of a girl
gassed in her prayer.

She unfastened two buttons of his trousers--
to learn two languages:/
one for ankles, and one for remembering.

you have for sisters wild carnations,
nipples of lilacs, splinters and chickens.

"soul = pain + everything else."

all I want is a human window/
in a house whose roof is my life.
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