“Better still if I begin with the heart of the matter. That we are poets, and that life has already maimed us quite a bit. At the hearing, I will say what I had told my boss while he was writing my last check: ‘When you read biographies of the greats, you come across mention of people who had played some role in their lives – some positive, some the opposite. Meanwhile, you’re thinking this had all happened somewhere and with someone, but in reality, it is happening to you, and right now!’”
From “Soup Gazpacho” by Russian-American writer Katia Kapovich, translated from the Russian by Alex Cigale. Kapovich has published nine volumes of poetry in English and Russian.
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