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in collection I'll Be Back  Before You Know It, 2009
Pighog Press, ISBN
978 -1 -906309 -06 -0

 

Europa

 

There was a smell before I was born.  

It came across fields

dotted with sows, above yards

 

where thin chickens scratched

in the dust, past cordons

of pines, scaring out quails.

 

It was stronger than the smog

of Nowa Huta, which eats away

stone faces and newborn lungs.  

 

How could you miss it

when it rose from chimney stacks

along that flat skyline

 

or blew over rivers and broken

telegraph wires to spread

above schools and church spires?

 

Ladies dabbed Chanel Number 5

on their fox furs to ward it off

gents lit the fattest cigars.

 

Gents with made-up eyes, ladies

with shingled hair and monocles

danced rumbas and milongas  

 

but overnight they vanished.

Not even alcohol or opium

could dispel it  the smell

 

stayed in the air.  

Soon everyone coughed.

Some politely, some not.

 

 

Maria Jastrzebska

 

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poetry favourites:
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and in the shop ...
collections -
"Everyday Angels",
Waterloo Press;

"I'll Be Back Before You Know It",
Pighog Press;

"Syrena",
Redbeck Press;

bi-lingual -
"Old Knives",
Integral/CLP
(Bucharest)

 


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