Iowa Writes

AYURZANA GUN-AAJAV
Two Poems


I grope in my life like a blind man
The blind man has a cane
I don't

Eyes open, helpless,
In complete darkness, in the awful darkness
Of your body, like a blind man....

Somewhere a light flashed.
I asked a fortuneteller what it was.
"Your heart," he said.

*

The sound of rain falling on the roof
The sound of rain striking the roof
The sound of rain striking the roof
Repeat the unrepeatable

The sound of rain falling on the roof
The sound of rain striking the roof
The sound of rain striking the roof
Repeat the unrepeatable


Translated from the Mongolian by E. Sodontogos and Christopher Merrill

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AYURZANA GUN-AAJAV

Ayurzana Gun-Aajav, from Mongolia, writes nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. In 2002 and 2003, he won consecutive national literary awards. Ayurzana participated in the University of Iowa's International Writing Program in 2006. "Two Poems" first appeared in The Iowa Review's Fall 2007 issue.

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