Iowa Writes

KURT FOLCH
The Lovers


The animal was sacrificed.

And clear, an air bell
sounded (moved by
the breeze)—randomly
extending its notes
(those of a ghost

town) under the vines

where summer, which comes
before the end,
was being crushed—:

Falling

blood fills the deep
basins, till they flow over.

The animal was sacrificed.

And clear, an air bell
sounded (moved by
the breeze)—randomly
extending its notes
(those of a ghost

town) under the vines

where summer, which comes
before the end,
was being crushed—:

Falling

blood fills the deep
basins, till they flow over.

The face

removed from the rest was washed
and afterwards taken

softly

skirting puddles of light
among lemon and medlar branches

as if a creature.

What followed was just a routine:
perform an incision, divide up, eat.

Keep the leftovers for the dogs.

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About Iowa Writes

Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature.

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KURT FOLCH

Kurt Folch, Chilean poet and translator, participated in the 2004 International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. His poetry has received many awards, such as the Pablo Neruda Creative Writing Fellowship (1997) and the Jose Donoso Creative Writing Fellowship (1998). His 2002 translation of William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor is in circulation across the Spanish-speaking world. He is currently working on Julius Caesar and a translation of a selection of George Oppen's poems to be published this winter.

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on August 14, 2006

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