Saturday, December 20, 2008

Cleaving saramago

Cleaving saramago

—for mringel and s2b—

the more—josé saramago
i read the more—i realize how
consumed—saramago is
with pessoa’s—heteronyms
not just The Year—of the Death
of Ricardo Reis (1991)—but also
The Double (2004)…

The Double—has this
3-way heteronym—going on
with—tertaliano máximo afonso
daniel santa-clara—and antónio clara
this afonso-daniel-daniel—narrative
reminds of pessoa—in lisbon portugal
writing in his apartment—late at night

here in seattle—cold snowy nights
i read josé and fernando—underlining them
scribbling long notes—in the margins
sometimes I run—out of room

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