writing you

Works in Translation

Taufik Ikram Jamil, translated by John H. McGlynn
Published as a part of Myth and History: Writing from Indonesia, Aug 01, 2015

Originally published in , Aug 01, 2015

how to write you
when the letters are reluctant to sound out
voices i knew
voices i memorized
rush back into loneliness
only stillness now
even that soon moves away
far to the edge of desolation
suspicious of any poetry
even to exchange a hello
moreover words when spelled out
can turn into a row of pain
instantly in every space

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