“The Great Enigma” by Stamatis Polenakis (trans. Richard Pierce)

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Goodbye forever to this brief
age of freedom.
Farewell unforgettable days and glorious nights
and leaves swept away by the wind.
We were young, we hoped for nothing
and we waited for tomorrow with the blind obstinacy
of the castaway who throws stones in the water.

Source: Polenakis, Stamatis. “The Great Enigma.” Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry, edited by Karen Van Dyck, 2017, p. 233.

Terminal Velocity of Rational Thought

Wikipedia Poem, No. 412

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“Two blinded in Detroit! / Something must be done / Jaws dropping at ringside / In the blood tide / When the fireball hits” John Darnielle

 

on it    would crash and deform
diameters at black waves shaped of religion
print a better part drag    the bellow within thinner parts drag
the keyword deforms diameter    of black waves shaping form
of more prayers    beneath black waves a better place
consider the keyword deformed
diameters of black waves shaped to a religion
print a better party    drag dependents into it
axis altar a sinking prayer
the keyword deforms diameter
more black waves shape all further prayer
at the black in fact a trademark of a religion
print a darker place    consider the drag    intact

Wikipedia Poem, No. 59

“children of antigovernment resistance/surface/like/cold skin”

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what he said: “We 
   as many 
     as 
many 
as many Assyrian Emporers 
       from the 
        children of antigovernment resistance
surface 
     like 
          cold skin 
        that 
      move those captured” Now the Syrian Empire 
the 12 villages in northeastern Syrian antigovernment
principle among them bent on releasing a new exchange formed 
in the release 
        of contacts in the 
scores of the 
         captured
      The Assyrians the Islamic 
          State the holybranch of 
Hasaka in recent contacts incident artifacts exchanged 
   formed 
in the past 
        two 
days bringing to 
ancient form in northeastern Syrian 
   Democratic flighting
          media-tory blasts