Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Anne Carson / Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai
Self portrait as an old man 
Original in Louvre.

HOKUSAI
by Anne Carson

Anger is a bitter lock
But you can turn it.

Hokusai aged 83
said,
Time to do my lions.

Every morning
until he died

219 days later
he made
a lion.

Wind came gusting from the northwest.

Lions swayed
and leapt
from the crests

of the pine trees
onto

the snowy road
or crashed
together


Anne Carson
Hombres en sus horas libres
Editorial Pretextos, Valencia, 2007, pp. 38-39





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