Outgoing Vessel (excerpt) – Ursula Andkjær Olsen

 

Translated from the Danish by Katrine Øgaard Jensen

 

those who say that water

is doing grief’s work
back and forth:
grief-enhancing
grief-inhibiting
suppression-enhancing
suppression-inhibiting
washing
massaging
touching
cradling
letting it stream through
THEY’RE LYING

those who say:
a life ends
like grass tread flat
a scent at the border of consciousness
THEY’RE LYING

a desert of nondegradability
a desert of uselessness
in that i trust
in the desert lies a pyramid
in the pyramid lies a sarcophagus
in the sarcophagus lies an orb
WHICH is the foundation of all future life
WHICH is the new path to the necessary virginity

a shaft
my own shaft of longing
with my own shaft of loss
i’II wait for you by the elevator

 

(by Titos Titos)

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